Student Attrition in On-Line Courses

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by Evelyn Beck ATTRITION RATES FOR most distance education programs are worse than for traditional college courses, with dropout rates as high as 80 percent at some colleges. At Piedmont Technical College, in Greenwood, SC, overall attrition rates for traditional classes average 25 percent, while attrition rates for online courses average 45 percent. Many of the reasons-such as students’ inexperience with technology or insufficient student support services-are beyond faculty control. But faculty can have a tremendous impact on retaining students simply by the way they communicate. The form, frequency, promptness, and tone of written and oral interaction with students are […]
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