Artists for life: A proposal to increase the retention of first-year undergraduate students in the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance
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Why do students abandon theatre or dance programs within or shortly after their first year of college? How does a department identify the factors that keep undergraduate students in the same major throughout their college careers? Once these factors are identified, how does a department implement improved strategies for retaining its students? How can a department, in conjunction with the university, best support undergraduate students to achieve a balance of success in academics, extracurricular activities, and personal matters? I propose a program for the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance that will improve the retention of its first-year undergraduate majors through increased student knowledge of department policies and procedures; increased support from faculty, staff, and successful majors; and increased awareness and access of campus resources.