Student Retention

Staying Online

Five strategies for keeping students engaged and retained in online courses

In President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address, he made it clear that increasing college graduation rates would be a main priority of his administration. In the months that followed, “MOOC” became the buzzword of the year, bringing online learning to the forefront of the education conversation. But whether they’re massive and open or they enroll 12 students, online courses have traditionally given institutions trouble in the area of retention—an issue that could dampen the goal of leading the world with the highest share of college graduates by 2020.

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Federal Regulations Will Force More Than 10,000 Alabama College Students Off Pell Grants, Study Says

More than 10,000 community college students in Alabama have lost or are within two semesters of losing Pell grant support due to new restrictions on the federal student-aid program, a study says.

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College Is (Still) Worth It

Every week I hear from recent college graduates who question the value of their higher educations. They are indebted, un- or underemployed, and horribly discouraged.

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A Million Strong: Helping Them Through

The Complicated World of Higher Education for Troops and Veterans

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Harvard Details Suspensions In Massive Cheating Scandal

More than half of the roughly 125 Harvard University students investigated by the college’s disciplinary board for cheating on a take-home exam last spring were forced to temporarily withdraw, school officials announced Friday.

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An Individualized Higher Education Experience

I'm not very impressed by uses of technology that make higher education less personal for our students.

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At ‘Suitcase Schools’ Around the Country, Friday Means It’s Time to Leave

On any given Saturday, Central Connecticut State University is nearly empty. No Frisbee flinging, no lingering over lattes at Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery. The library closes at 3:45, the cafeteria at 6:30 sharp.

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Credit for Internships: Is It Due?

Job listings on Craigslist these days are full of companies looking for young people willing to work for no salary.

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College Dropout Crisis Revealed In 'American Dream 2.0' Report

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation.

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College Dropout Crisis Revealed In 'American Dream 2.0' Report

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation.

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