Students are dropping out of college and it’s a global problem that must be acknowledged with a stronger approach. Let’s take a closer look at some of the main causes and solutions to keep students in university.
What is Causing Students to Leave Higher Education?
Learning Analytics tools are your best ally when defining student retention strategies. Explore the solutions that can help you achieve your institutional goals.
How Institutions Can Keep Students Enrolled
|More Efficient Colleges and Universities
Practicing the Five Pillars of Online Learning Effectiveness helps develop and sustain online learning programs, including: faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, learning effectiveness, scale, and access.
|Habits for Success
Make campus resources available to students through convocation, orientation and first-year seminars. Ensure they are aware of the GPA needed to maintain their status and the activities they must be involved to become an integral part of the university.
|Big Goals, Small Steps
Define goals and break them down by program, courses and department. That is the ideal path for universities to develop effective ways to encompass the entire institution in reaching those goals.
In order to effectively address student retention, universities should gather information on program effectiveness, student achievement, and resource allocation, as well as understanding the characteristics and behaviors of students who are likely to fail. This is the sort of data that can enhance student retention efforts in a more insightful way.
Reach out to at-risk students before they leave the university. Learning analytics solutions are a great way to find students who are experiencing academic, personal, financial or social challenges and offer timely help.
|Student Success Goals
When a university establishes a shared vision of student success, it becomes easier for students to understand what is expected of them and move forward to achieve it. At the same time, it also allows the institution to allocate and organize resources to support them in their journey.
Improving student retention levels is the greatest outcome a university can expect after understanding the challenges and available solutions. Here are some examples:
|Record retention rate: After using learning analytics solutions, Concordia University – Wisconsin found out they needed to improve the relationships between faculty and students, as well as how to better support students with mental health needs. Their retention rate increased from 72% to 82% in one year only|
|Low dropout rate: At UNAB Chile, the development of a Comprehensive Support Model has drastically increased student retention. Their current dropout rate is between 3% to 4% only.|
|Improving retention with analytics: At Lewis & Clark Community College, there was a 17% improvement in student retention with the use of learning analytics tools.|
|Early interventions: Through the application of a predictive model, professors, instructors and student advisors at Ulster University were able to make early interventions at the first signs of student struggle.|
|Increased course completion and term-to-term retention rates: Through the use of analytics, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) was able to increase course completion rates from 65% to 72% and term-to-term retention rates from 69% to 83%.|
|Online enrollment growth: At Indian River State College, online program enrollments grew by 56% between 2014 and 2016, due to insights gathered from learning analytics tools.|
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