Online Orientation Boosts Retention while Addressing Honor Code

Retention from semester to semester was only around 50 percent in 2000, when St. Leo decided to introduce an orientation class into the online curriculum. Students must pass the course--which is mandatory in their first semester--to register for additional semesters at St. Leo. Since the course was introduced seven years ago, retention has increased to 65 percent, a leap that Rogich directly attributes to the orientation. About 35 to 40 percent of first-semester online learners go on to graduate from St. Leo.

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