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July 29, 2013

Two Courses That Made a Difference in Student Retention

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by Doug Holton, EdTechDev 

Universities and colleges have a huge problem with retaining and graduating their students – particularly students in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math, where 60% drop out or transfer) and students at community colleges (55% never graduate).  But state colleges (only 51 to 77% graduate [ref]) and many private universities also have retention problems (Western Governors only has a 6.5% graduation rate).  Online programs and courses also suffer from poor retention (see “The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out“), and of course MOOCs have the worst retention of all, with an average of 90 to 95% of enrollees never completing the courses (see an earlier post that discusses pedagogical problems with many MOOCs).  All universities and programs are also showing disparities in the graduation rates of minority and low income students.

http://edtechdev.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/two-courses-that-made-a-difference-in-student-retention/

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