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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
- Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses: In Depth
June 3, 2013
Retention in MOOCs should be considered in the context of learner intent, especially given the varied backgrounds and motivations of students who choose to enroll. When viewed in the appropria…
- Rio Salado College
November 28, 2012
Updated March 2015 Rio Salado College is creating new processes to make college completion more attainable for Pell-eligible students, individuals with substantial credit for prior learnin…
- Scaling Learning Analytics across Institutions of Higher Education
May 8, 2013
T he Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) seeks to increase college student retention by performing early detection of academic risk using predictive analytics . OAAI e…
- Schools for the Future: SFF Detroit
November 28, 2012
Updated April 2015 Designed specifically for students who are off-track academically , this 8-12th grade blended high school in Detroit uses a mastery approach to help students recupera…
- Seminar 10A - Using CMS Activity of Good Students to Raise Awareness of Underperforming Peers
October 12, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Increasingly, many institutions are using IT in a way known as "academic analytics." Typically associated with business, analytics is now being used in higher education to identify studen…
- September/October EDUCAUSE Review: Doing Better with Less
September 22, 2011
In a recent ELI survey , 71 percent of respondents agreed that their campus is receptive to reports of evaluation projects. However, only 15 percent gather evidence systematically, and only …
- Service Blueprinting: Transforming the Student Experience
November 1, 2012
Mary Jo Bitner is Professor of Marketing, PetSmart Chair, and Executive Director of the Center for Services Leadership in the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. Amy L. O…
- 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…
- Sifting Through Data: Completion, Motivation, and Learning in Minnesota MOOCs
March 20, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - Sifting Through Data
University of Minnesota's first five MOOCs during the summer of 2013. This large-N study draws on pre- and posttest course data to offer an empirically grounded picture of who the students a…
- Signals at Purdue: Impacting Learning Through Analytic Technology
February 15, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting
In 2007, Purdue University piloted an early-warning system called Signals, a system that combines real-time data on course performance with data from Blackboard, providing an accurate view of stu…