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Conference Paper


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Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, 31st. May - 1st. April, 2015.


Student retention is a key metric for the TUD (Technological University of Dublin), the first new University in 21st century Ireland. Failure to improve preparedness for some students at TUD will limit improved retention as supported by NELS88 and recent ESRI studies. An AIR ( American Institute for Research ) Impact Study review of the US based Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI) provides convincing evidence that credit based activities shared between colleges, universities, high schools, local government and local communities is working well and improves both access and retention, especially in disadvantaged areas. A TUD Irish version of ECHSI is proposed that uses developed resource such as the excellent Irish T4 project and can complement existing initiatives. Such access and retentions systems can be a key differentiator for a twenty first century new university that endeavours to provides universal access to all, create a real widely spread knowledge economy and demolishes the poverty traps that surround the three constituent campuses of TUD, the elephants in the room.