From the Field – Student Retention

According to Tinto (1999), most institutions do not take student retention seriously, "Student attrition represents huge potential losses to the individuals, their families, and society as a whole."

In this section we have looked at issues related to student retention and provided some practical strategies on how to help students find success. We invite you to share your insights and further suggestions below.

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Discussion Question: In your experience, are attrition rates for online students much higher than in traditional courses? What are some of student retention strategies or programs you have seen work in the past?

Complete the review exercise before proceeding to the next section.

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