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SIU unveils new plan to keep students in school

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Enrollment is increasing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for the first time in a decade, but statistics show that just because a student enrolls doesn't mean they will always finish.

While trying to decide between the military and college, Anthony Giase admits that school wasn't high on his priority list, but Southern Illinois University in Carbondale won him over.

"There's a lot to do here,” said Giase. “Being in Carbondale it offers a lot more than there is back home."

After four years on campus, Giase's attitude about school wasn't the only thing that changed. So did many of the faces he saw on a daily basis.

"We actually counted this up the other day,” said Giase. “A girl and I, of the eight or nine people that we knew when we came down here, we were the only two left last year. We were the only two to actually graduate."

With a 60% retention rate stories like this are all too common at SIU, but according to spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith, that's about to change.

"We developed a two-year retention plan,” said SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith. “What sort of support networks do we need to provide for them in terms of academic advising, in terms of course work. How can we make sure that we have an early alert system so that if we see a student starting to fail before that first semester grade we can catch them."

"I don't know if it's really on the university,” said Giase. “They do everything to try and get students here. It's more or less once a student gets here and away from home are they going to put in the work or are they just going to have fun and fail out?"

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