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)


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)