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SLN SOLsummit 2010
February 26, 2010
Phil Ice, Director of Course Design, Research & Development, American Public University System
Student Retention in Online Programs
As the growth of online programs continues to rapidly accelerate, concern over retention is increasing. Models for understanding student persistence in the face-to-face environment are well established, however, the many of the variables in these constructs are not present in the online environment or they manifest in significantly different ways. With attrition rates significantly higher than in face-to-face programs, the development of models to explain online retention is considered imperative. This presentation will focus on the relationship between student characteristics and online behaviors, and retention. Participants will be presented with a methodology that can be used in their own programs to help understand factors influencing retention and ways to detect at risk students.