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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
- Online and Hybrid Course Enrollment and Performance in Washington State Community and Technical Colleges
March 24, 2011
This report investigates enrollment patterns and academic outcomes in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses among students who enrolled in Washington State community and technical colleges …
- Optimism, College Major, and Post-Secondary Dropout
June 2, 2011
This brief discusses the role of learning about one's own ability in driving post-secondary dropout decisions and and changes in college major. New evidence shows that nearly one-half…
- Teaching and Learning Breakthroughs: Next-Generation Academic Models in Practice
October 16, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
This fall, the 10 institutions that received Next Generation Learning Challenges grants in 2012 launched their Breakthrough Models for College Completion. These models completely rethought degree…
- The Effects of Student Coaching in College: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Mentoring
March 7, 2011
College completion and college success often lag behind college attendance. One theory as to why students do not succeed in college is that they lack key information about how to be successful …
- Turning the Tide Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges
February 10, 2011
In 2004, Lumina Foundation for Education launched â€œAchieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,â€ a national initiative aimed at improving success among community college students, p…
- Technologyâ€™s Role in the College Completion Agenda: An Introduction to Next Generation Learning Challenges
December 3, 2010
It is estimated that, by 2018, jobs requiring some kind of postsecondary education will make up 64 percent of the workforce. Yet, for an increasing number of young adults in the United States, a …
- 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/ ). …
- Student Success: Connecting Faculty, Counselors, and Students
May 30, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
This session will show how the Student Success Plan (SSP) improves retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. The open-source SSP case management software…
- Student Success at Scale: What Have We Learned from Applying Technology to Persistent Challenges? - Sponsored by IHD ServiceDesk
November 7, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
Multiple efforts are under way to leverage technology to improve student success, including initiatives in online courseware, adaptive learning, social media, and learning analytics. What have we…