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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.
- 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
- 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.
- Technology’s Role in the College Completion Agenda: An Introduction to Next Generation Learning Challenges, EDUCAUSE Live! December 3, 2010
- Success, Withdrawal, and Student Satisfaction When the Numbers are Very Large, ELI Annual Meeting, January 20, 2010
- Using Analytics to Intervene with Underperforming College Students, ELI Annual Meeting, January 20, 2010
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Student Retention
- Adopting Performance-Based Funding
April 30, 2009
New formula slated for approval in Ohio would appropriate state funds based on public colleges' retention and graduation rates rather than their incoming and current enrollments. …
- 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…
- 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…
- Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates
November 15, 2012
In the fourth Signature Report , the authors examine the various pathways that students take to complete a college degree or certificate. This report goes beyond traditional graduation rate ca…
- 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 …
- Fans and Fears of 'Lecture Capture'
November 9, 2009
Research says posting lectures online could improve learning without discouraging classroom attendance, yet some professors want no part of it. R…
- Field Guide for Improving Student Success
November 17, 2011
This guide provides an overview of Achieving the Dream’s institutional improvement framework for increasing student success. It includes examples of what Achieving the Dream institutions hav…
- Growth Amidst the Drought: Using Webcasting to Increase Enrollment in Challenging Economic Times
June 25, 2009
Most universities are presently facing state budget cuts, enrollment caps, new application limits and other restrictions due to the economic landscape. Yet at the same time, the economic dow…
- Helping Community College Students Beat the Odds
October 8, 2008
Hudson Valley finds that combining and coordinating various student services yields unusually high retention rate. Hudson Valley finds that combi…
- Keeping Track of Students, and Staying in Touch
August 15, 2008
A start-up company from a former Blackboard executive is positioning itself to help colleges boost retention with communication tools ... and lots of data. …