[caption id="attachment_96917" align="alignleft" width="150"] Some small colleges have taken cues from large campuses struggling with retention rates.[/caption]

Electronic lists detailing which students are in danger of dropping out of college have become a favorite of campus administrators trying to curtail falling retention rates. Classes teaching what students should expect during their higher education careers, however, are often the most critical piece of a student retention initiative.

A number of colleges and universities have created in-house retention software that alerts officials when a student is failing her classes or behind on tuition payments, and educational...

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