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Monthly Metric: The retention rate for distance learning students at your institution is?

The retention rate for distance learning students at your institution is:   No answer Same as for students in traditional classes Lower than for students in traditional classes Higher than for students in traditional classes Don’t know or don’t have traditional classes Entire Sample 13.33% 20.00% 43.33% 13.33% 10.00% Broken out by type of college Type of College No answer Same as for students in traditional classes …

Boosting Program Growth and Retention at the Department Level

In 2011 Central Washington University began offering its information technology administrative management (ITAM) program in an online format, aimed at working adults who were both place- and time-bound. The program serves as a complement to two-year technical degrees and is the only university program in the state that accepts 100 percent of the credits earned in these degrees toward a bachelor of applied science degree. Knowing that online programs often have lower retention rates than on-campus…

How to advocate for your program in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

No matter what size your online program is, or what kind of institution you serve, you can benefit from playing a role in the conversation around the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), currently underway in Congress. The HEA is the major law regulating higher education in the United States.  The outcome of the reauthorization process will determine key aspects of higher education for years to come. …

How to Fuel Your Online Growth: Let Faculty Interest Do It

It’s not surprising that there continues to be growth in the area of online learning in higher education. A majority of central administrators say that online learning is an important component of their institution’s long-term goals and strategies. More students are taking online courses today than ever before. And employers are recognizing in greater numbers the rigor and credibility of online degrees.