Big Idea - Student Retention
There is little doubt online courses provide students in K-12 schools and higher education with greater options for completing educational programs. Despite the exponential growth of online courses in education, student retention is an area of concern.
Historically, the percentage of students who drop out of brick and mortar higher education has held constant at between 40-45% for the past 100 years (Tinto, 1982).
Within the context of online learning, research suggests dropout rates are generally 10-20% higher (Carr, 2000; Diaz, 2002; Frankola, 2001).
The percentage of high school students who drop out of traditional high schools is also high.
According to the most recent study from the IDRA, Texas schools lost 31% of their high school students in 2008. That's one student every four minutes.