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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
- Somethingâ€™s Got to Give: California canâ€™t improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges
October 21, 2010
This report sets out the issues involved, drawing heavily from a recent EdSource study that was commissioned by the California Community Colleges Chancellorâ€™s Office to provide a deeper un…
- For the Next Generation
October 7, 2010
© 2010 Diana G. Oblinger. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ ). …
- True Costs of Student Success
January 6, 2010
Report finds that many colleges judge retention programs based purely on outcomes, not cost, providing incomplete picture of their effectiveness; it offers method for doing both. …
- 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…
- 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…
- 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. …
- Student Induction through Digital Game-based Learning Environments
January 1, 2006
Student retention within Universities is becoming more important as the Government is targeting 50 percent of 18 to 30 year olds to experience higher education before 2010 in the UK. The need to …
- The Impact of Facilities on Recruitment and Retention of Students
January 1, 2006
This article is a summary of the full research report that will be available this summer. Over the past 30 years considerable research has been done to understand the issues that impact the decisio…
- Student Retention Tool: A Builder's Diary
January 1, 2003
Arizona State University has developed a Web-based, student retention system for advisors, faculty, and staff. This presentation will demonstrate the system and recount the steps to building a thre…
- Opening the Door to New Possibilities Through the Use of Analytics
February 16, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
Since the time of "intelligent tutoring systems," educational technologists have explored methods to improve learning. Today with the emergence of analytics, an exciting set of tools is b…