I spent numerous hours researching if a view resulting from a selection in a DropDownList could be retained after clicking to a new page. This was needed for a school website in order to select the list of classes of a particular discipline, then click on a class, go to a new page, and return to the selected class list.
I explored lots of options, but finally implemented a simple solution----
Previously there was a Html.ActionLink to return to the Index page. This resulted in a view of all content, not the previously selected course list.
Please comment if you like this solution, or feel it will eventually cause a dilemma.