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Because student success is contingent on retention, student persistence is a critical institutional focus. The use of technology (specifically, the LMS/CMS, coupled with learning analytics) has made student tracking and retention more efficient. Below are articles, presentations, and seminars that further discuss the growing use of technology to promote student retention.
- 2014 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies, October 30, 2014. In this study, most students support institutional use of their data to advise them on academic progress in courses and programs. Many of the analytic functions students seek already exist in contemporary LMSs.
- Digital Engagement: Driving Student Success, EDUCAUSE Review Online, October 2014. A digital engagement strategy based on integrated student-centered uses of technology and collection of data has already shown its promise in improving student retention and graduation rates.
- Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) Benchmarking Study. ECAR Study in progress. IPAS is an integrative approach to student success that promotes shared ownership for educational progress among students, faculty, and staff. It encompasses services that help students formulate and advance toward educational goals, including advising, counseling, progress tracking, and academic early alerts. IPAS technologies can contribute in many ways, such as by documenting and tracking students’ educational plans, improving data analysis, offering self-service resources that reduce advisor workloads, and triggering interventions based on student behavior or faculty input.
- Building a Purpose Network to Increase Student Engagement and Retention, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 2012. Fort Hays State University partnered with ConnectEDU to with the purpose of improving student and parent engagement, increasing student retention rates, and tracking and collecting success metrics.
- Signals: Using Academic Analytics to Promote Student Success, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 2012. Using existing student data and current grade information, Purdue University created Signals, a system that gives students early and frequent performance notifications and helps faculty members steer students toward additional campus resources as needed.
- Two Case Studies of Learner Analytics in the University System of Maryland, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 2012. In this article, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore describes actions it took to increase retention and graduation rates for an at-risk student population by using a dashboard that provides actual data as well as targets for key performance indicators specific to admission, retention, and progress toward graduation.
- The EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010 largely focuses on the topic of student retention. A few articles of particular interest in this issue include;
- Enhancing Student Learning and Retention with Blended Learning Class Guides, EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010
- How the ICCOC Uses Analytics to Increase Student Success, EDUCAUSEQuarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010
- Defining IT’s Role in Mission-Critical Retention Initiatives, EDUCAUSEQuarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010
- Sustaining Students: Retention Strategies in an Online Program, EDUCAUSEQuarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010
Presentations and Seminars
- Improving Student Success with Analytics, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2014. SUNY Oswego and VSU deployed different systems that provided valuable information about identification and support for at-risk students. This presentation will discuss why each university chose the products they did, their implementation process, and the results they have achieved so far.
- Student Success at Scale: What Have We Learned from Applying Technology to Persistent Challenges?, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, November 2012. The speaker presents the latest findings from multiple efforts to improve student engagement, learning, retention, and degree completion.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Student Retention
- A Complete Online Class: Course Management, Live Web Conferencing, and Teacher-Made Streaming Movies
October 29, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Explore an online course by viewing the actual course preparation, live web office hours, and teacher-made movies. Participants will experience a live online web session with students in California…
- A Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Online Distance Students
December 15, 2010
Key Takeaways While online education is increasing, researchers find that students taking online courses at a distance drop out at higher rates. Florida State University's College …
- Attrition in Online and Campus Degree Programs
August 5, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine how the mode of instructional delivery, campus face-to-face or online, affected dropout relative to studentsâ€™ academic and demographic characterist…
- Better Understanding through Data: Completion, Motivation, and Learning in Minnesota MOOCs
June 19, 2014
In the summer of 2013, faculty members at the University of Minnesota collaborated with staff from the university’s Office of Information Technology and provost’s office to deliver five massi…
- Big Data's Arrival
February 6, 2012
This article from Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain describes a WECT research project tracking students taking online courses. The research shows how tracking certain variables proves the usefulness…
- Blazing Trails: Launching the First Online Degree Completion Program at the University of Washington
January 27, 2014
Key Takeaways By extending cutting-edge research and resources to online students in the high-demand field of early childhood education, the University of Washington paves the wa…
- Completion matters: the high cost of low community college graduation rates
April 3, 2012
" An ever-increasing number of individuals are turning to community college for their higher education. However, the majority of students entering community college fail to complete their …
- Further Faster: The Role of Technology Leaders in the College Completion Agenda
October 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Initiative focuses on doubling the numbers of low-income students who complete college. Our long-term vision is a nation where all stud…
- Incorporating Online Human Touch: Instruction and Programming to Increase Online Student Engagement and Retention
January 8, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009
The long-term sustainability of online education programs is highly dependent on student enrollment and retention. Therefore, administrators need to identify strategies and models that engage, conn…
- Increase Online Student Engagement Through Online Human Touch and an Online First-Year Experience
January 13, 2011
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2011
The long-term sustainability of online programs is highly dependent on student engagement and retention. With increasing numbers of nontraditional students returning to higher education through onl…