ERIC Number: EJ721828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Improving the Quantity and Quality of Attendance Data to Enhance Student Retention
Bowen, Eleri; Price, Trevor; Lloyd, Steve; Thomas, Steve
Journal of Further & Higher Education, v29 n4 p375-385 Nov 2005
This article draws attention to local and global attendance monitoring in higher education. The paper outlines benefits of attendance monitoring for both the individual learner and university, and compares traditional paper-based attendance monitoring systems with an electronic system piloted in the Business School and School of Technology at the University of Glamorgan. Typical problems associated with attendance monitoring are examined, and both attendance monitoring approaches are evaluated in terms of quantity and quality of data capture. Finally, student views on having attendance closely monitored are evaluated. This paper is of interest to anyone who uses attendance data, particularly for those who work in the field of student retention.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Dropout Prevention, Higher Education, Attendance Patterns, College Students, Data Collection, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom