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Tackling the Student Retention Challenge

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Keeping students on track and progressing toward graduation isn’t always straightforward. Despite the economic and social benefits of completing post-secondary education, only 56% percent of students who enter university successfully achieve their bachelor’s degree within six years. Similarly, only 29% of students who start a two-year degree program finish within three years.

So, why is retention such a challenge for today’s educators? In our latest eBook, Staying on Course, we take a closer look at the topic by exploring factors that contribute to a student’s success (or lack thereof) in a specific course, program, or online learning scenario.

In the eBook, leading educators Shah Ardalan, President of Lone Star College-University Park and Michael Mathews, CIO of Oral Roberts University, also share how they define retention. They highlight strategies their institutions are using to foster student success and ensure students are on track to achieving their educational goals.

The influence of US government legislation and policy, as well as how retention impacts international students, are also covered. Methods educators can use to help predict a student’s retention risk are included, as well as teaching strategies aimed at boosting student success rates. Finally, because it’s a topic very close to our hearts—and because millions of college students are enrolled in at least one online course—we examine the issue of student retention as it relates to technology and online learning.

With US college graduation levels falling short of international standards, student retention is a top-of-mind issue for educators, policymakers, parents, and students. We hope that this eBook provides insight and helps create a dialogue as we work together to understand and explore solutions.

How are you addressing the retention challenge? If you think you or your institution could benefit from learning more about what sort of factors impact retention the most – Download the Staying on Course eBook.


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