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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Student Retention
- 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…
- Student Success: Connecting Faculty, Counselors, and Students
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Address student success and retention in higher education with an award-winning open source technology. Discover how the Student Success Plan (SSP) improves retention, academic performance, persi…
- 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…
- Interview Podcast: Niki Serakiotou on Student Satisfaction at Rice University
May 5, 2010
Undergraduates arrive at Rice, a moderately expensive campus, with highly customized laptops and elevated expectations for services. Rice welcomes them with covert training, market best practices…
- Managing Online Education: The 2009 WCET-Campus Computing Project Survey of Online Education
October 22, 2009
Enrollments are up and rising, profits are often uncertain, and organizational arrangements are in transition according to a new national survey of senior campus officials responsible for managin…
- Session: How to Use Social Networking as a Retention Tool in Your Campus Portal
February 2, 2010
As campuses become more "customer" oriented, it is critical that IT departments meet the needs of increasing Internet-savvy students to support campus-wide retention objectives. In this…
- Whereâ€™s Walter? Adjunct Outreach Strategies to Bridge the Virtual Distance and Increase Student Retention
August 5, 2009
There are hundreds of studies that address â€œno significant differenceâ€ in the quality of online versus on-ground instruction, yet it is clearly the instructor who makes the difference…
- 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…
- 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. …
- Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008
November 20, 2008
This report is the sixth in a series of annual reports on a study conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group for the Sloan Consortium. Using responses from over 2,500 colleges and universities…