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ERIC Number: ED422848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
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A Case Study: Increase Enrollment by Reducing Dropout Rates in Adult Distance Education.
Chyung, Yonnie; Winiecki, Donald J.; Fenner, Jo Ann
The Instructional and Performance Technology Department at Boise State University (Idaho) offers a master's degree program via distance education to prepare adult students for careers in the areas of instructional design, job performance improvement, human resources, organizational redesign, training, and training management. Most students attend the program not only to earn a master's degree, but also to upgrade professional knowledge and skills. This paper discusses the problem of adult student dropouts, how a solution was approached, and results obtained. From the cause analysis, it was concluded that satisfaction during the first or second courses was the major factor that determined students' decisions whether or not to continue in the program. Forty-two percent of the students who dropped out expressed dissatisfaction with the learning environment as the reason; another reason was a discrepancy between professional or personal interests and course structure. The instructor who taught the introductory course systematically redesigned the curriculum and developed strategies to improve students' attention toward learning, make the learning more relevant to their professions, increase confidence levels, and increase satisfaction with both the learning subject and the learning environment. Since the new interventions were implemented, significant improvement in student retention has been achieved. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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