Significant research demonstrating the connection between student retention and student-peer interaction is extant. Such interaction is facilitated by the creation and growth of a student chapter of a professional organization that welcomes students who might not be otherwise engaged on campus and encourages their involvement in the organization. Benefits are multiplied when the organization is located at a joint facility which houses a lower two-year program feeding an upper two-year completion program, as it can be shown that the students groups who benefit the most from student-peer interaction are students indigenous to the institution and transfer students from two-year institutions. We will discuss how a student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives was created at our facility, and the benefits in terms of both student retention and opportunities for career advancement that have resulted at both the two-year and four-year institutions that are located therein.
Mott, J. H.,
& Musselman, H. R.
(2013). Improving Student Retention with the Creation of a Student Chapter of a Professional Organization. 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 471-475.