About Us 

Improving Student Retention for STEM Students

Student retention does not just happen—it has to be designed into the institutional culture and educational processes. Let Veenstra and Associates help you with your strategy  for improved student success.      

Our Vision:

To innovate and guide U.S. schools, colleges and universities in strategies that improve the college graduation rates of students in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics.

We think of the improved processes for student success as both engineering and education processes. 

We provide assessment and consulting services that:

  • Increase college student retention in the STEM disciplines, and increase college-readiness in schools
  • Help a college simplify and improve its processes for higher retention, fewer bottlenecks, and more efficient use of student support services
  • Connect assessment with improved results for student retention
  • Bring Baldrige thinking and Lean Six Sigma to support colleges with student retention 

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Our Beliefs

We believe that a good assessment establishes the framework of a successful strategic plan and improved processes for student retention. 

We believe that each college has different process improvement issues related to student success; one approach does not increase student retention for all colleges. 

We believe effectively using the science of improvement methodology such as classroom quality/brainstorming tools, lean six sigma and Baldrige systems thinking will lead to a more connected learning community, higher level of student satisfaction and significantly higher graduation rates.

For more information, contact Cindy Veenstra, director of Veenstra and Associates, at cindy@veenstraconsulting.com.