Created: 08/29/2014 11:49 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The University of New Mexico has started something new, hoping it will decrease the number of college drop outs.
“For me I didn't know what I wanted to do,” said Adriana Romero.
And that's one of the main reasons why some students drop out. In fact, about 25-percent of students drop out after the third semester, including Romero.
“I left for a little bit to go work and then I came back to get my degree,” said Romero.
Romero says this time around, she has things "figured out".
Romero's case is common among students. That’s why UNM has been looking into how to reduce the student dropout rate. And they think they may have found a solution.
“The first year steering committee saw that academic advising should be restructured,” said Sonia Rankin.
The university has re-trained their advisors, but that's not all. Meeting times between advisors and freshmen are much longer.
“Not just talking about their four year degree program, but also what are their long term goals,” said Laura Valdez.
Also new this academic year is an online degree mapping program, for all students. Thanks to the new program, Romero’s now on track to graduate next year.
She hopes freshmen really take advantage of these advisement programs, especially if they have things to "figure out".