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ERIC Number: EJ1017506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
The Extent of and Reasons for Non Re-Enrollment: A Case of Korea National Open University
Choi, Hyoseon; Lee, Yekyung; Jung, Insung; Latchem, Colin
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v14 n4 p19-36 Sep 2013
Despite continuous efforts to increase retention, dropout rates are high in distance universities. The objectives of this study were: 1) to investigate the extent and causes of non re-enrollment at a mega university, Korea National Open University; and 2) to suggest actions to improve the retention of students, in general, and those with higher risks of dropout in particular. A survey designed to establish the student demographics and the students' main reasons for non re-enrollment was carried out during spring, 2009 with 1,353 respondents. The results indicate that a lack of feedback from the instructors, heavy workload, and difficulties in studying at a distance were the main reasons for non re-enrollment. The learners' perceptions of the value of the degrees and their ages, gender, and educational backgrounds were also found to be significant factors in decisions not to re-enroll. The suggested solutions for reducing non re-enrollment include: a decrease in the number of required credit hours' study per semester; the provision of stronger social support; the introduction of a more flexible enrollment system; and better use of the available technology and infrastructure to help both students and instructors build stronger learning communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea