Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2012 End Date/Time: Sep 28, 2012
Early Registration Date: Sep 07, 2012
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Description

The promise and potential to transform lives through online learning are enormous. All too often, though, the promises of certificates and degrees earned online are never met. Students fail to reach their potential, struggling to complete their coursework at a distance or dropping out altogether. In order to improve online student retention, especially during these difficult economic times, institutions need methods to track students, document progress, and put specific practices in place to ensure success.

Join your colleagues and our expert instructors in Phoenix to discuss practical strategies for online student retention. You will be engaged in small and large group discussions, brainstorming, and planning as you develop an action plan specific to the needs of your institution.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

If you’re looking to increase your retention rates, learn some support strategies, or simply reinforce what you know, online program managers, academic advisors, student services personnel, and retention and enrollment staff will benefit from this conference.

PROGRAM FORMAT

Please come to this conference prepared to engage with the conference instructors and your colleagues from other institutions. This highly interactive event will give you the opportunity to directly apply the content of the program immediately to your institution and receive instant and direct feedback from the instructors. The conference is structured to offer best practices and practical information, and you will have the opportunity to develop your own institutional action plan.

OPTIONAL CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Pre-conference workshop: Online Student Retention for Community Colleges

Community college students have unique sets of challenges because of the distinct pressures they face. They experience academic failure, dropping out, stopping out, and frequent swirl for various personal, academic, and other reasons. When it comes to succeeding in the online environment, community college students, by and large, are working at a considerably greater disadvantage. This workshop will provide approaches to retaining online students that are unique to community colleges. Discussion will center on data collection and analysis, student and faculty development, and support services.

As a result of this workshop, you will gain a broader perspective of the online retention issues facing community colleges and effective support services to remedy them.

Post-conference workshop: Measuring and Benchmarking Your Retention Success

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the significant characteristics of your student population and clarify retention goals at each step in the process from application to the end of the first term. We’ll also examine the monitoring of student progression from term to term, as well as techniques for benchmarking persistence, enrollment trends, and graduation rates. Measures of student engagement and satisfaction against both internal and external benchmarks will also be reviewed. Other discussion topics will include:

* Understanding application, registration, and withdrawal patterns
* Documenting the overall performance of online students based on a variety of factors
* Modeling students who are likely to fail and those who are likely to come back

Venue

333 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix
Arizona
United States
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