LEARNING AND TEACHING CENTER

Retaining Students in the Classroom

 
From Helen Burn (Spring 2016)
Increasing the percentage of US adults with college degrees hinges on retaining them in their current courses. In the five-quarter period from Summer 2014 to Summer 2015, I have retained on average  33 students in each of my classes.  The class cap is 32 students and I typically overload to 36. Thus, I am losing, on average, 3 students per quarter.  My high retention results from employing evidence-based practices, described in the paragraphs that follow. The first section describes the crucial role of the first week in students’ decision to stay. Following this, I describe efforts to maintain student motivation throughout the quarter. (Read the Entire Document)

 Websites

A Data-Driven Approach to Student Retention and Success  (Faculty Focus)

Teaching for Student Retention (Faculty Dev. and Instructional Center - Northern Illinios Univ.)

 63 Steps Faculty Can Take to Improve Student Retention (Dixie State Univ.)

9 Proven Ways for Instructors to Address Online Student Retention (Arizona State University)