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Downtown Phoenix dorms deter ASU dropout dilemma?

David Wallace/The Arizona Republic, Students at downtown campus[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — This week, hundreds of downtown Phoenix students will kick back in Arizona State University’s latest weapon to prevent college dropouts: new dorms.

ASU is trying to lift the university’s 78 percent freshman-retention rate to 90 percent, said Debra Friedman, vice president of the downtown Phoenix campus.

The battle to keep students, especially freshman, is being waged in some form on all ASU campuses. On Wednesday, students began moving into Taylor Place, a $150 million dorm complex at 120 E. Taylor St. in downtown Phoenix.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]