We consult with colleges that desire a more focused continuous improvement approach to college student retention, especially for the STEM majors. We use the latest research in STEM education as well as ideas from the improvement sciences in education to help colleges develop a student success culture and strategy for improving their STEM graduation rates.

We will work with you to meet your needs for improved STEM graduation rates. We specialize in consulting on first-year programs that successfully engage and retain STEM major students, resulting in a high freshman retention rate. Our consulting services include assessment services, independent research, strategic planning, and training.

Continuous Improvement Strategy for College Student Retention


Continuous Improvement strategies such as the continuous improvement classroom using quality tools, the continuous improvement cycle known as PDSA (plan-do-study-act) and Lean Six Sigma can significantly improve student retention. Continuous Improvement requires a learning organization culture, a culture that implements improved teaching and student support through assessments and a continuous improvement strategy. 


Our Veenstra  Model - Nine Pillars for STEM Student Success

We use the Veenstra Model based on Dr. Veenstra's research as an assessment framework to help you identify patterns of student success and a strategy of best practices for your improvement plan for the first year STEM student retention. 

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Cindy P. Veenstra, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Veenstra & Associates. She has gained national recognition for her STEM student retention research published in ASEE and ASQ journals and conference proceedings. She is the lead editor of Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports STEM., a leading book on the discussion of the role of quality and continuous improvement in inspiring and preparing the next generation of STEM innovators.  Her efforts led to the success of the ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conferences, bringing industry and education together in meaningful discussions on STEM education and efforts supported by industry. 

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