Educational Technology

May 14, 2018

How to boost student outcomes in the face of budget cuts

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The University of Rhode Island is experiencing a noteworthy boost in student outcomes, with more than 52 percent of its undergraduates earning a degree in four years and an 85% percent first-year student retention rate. What makes the achievements unusual, according to Inside Higher Ed: The university had its $26 million budget slashed by more than 30% as a result of the national recession, and its still smaller a decade later. URI leaders said that the budget cuts forced the institution to focus on degree completion, investing in predictive analytics and degree mapping technology, student advising and revitalizing its general education offerings. Officials also placed emphasis on students taking advantage of summer and winter course offerings. About 68% of first-time students now accumulate 60 or more credits by the conclusion of their sophomore year, a rate that some experts say helps the URI save money on instruction and support services.

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