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ERIC Number: EJ909988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Sustaining Students: Retention Strategies in an Online Program
Boles, Emily; Cass, Barbara; Levin, Carrie; Schroeder, Ray; Smith, Shari
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v33 n4 2010
With students spread across 47 states and a dozen countries, the University of Illinois at Springfield faces a significant challenge in promoting student persistence. The expansion of higher education into online venues faces many of the same issues with student success and retention as encountered on campus. While many colleges and universities segregate online learning programs into continuing or extended education departments staffed mostly or entirely by adjunct faculty members, however, the UIS has successfully incorporated online programs into the fabric of the institution. This past academic year, nearly two-thirds (65.1 percent) of those teaching online classes were tenured, tenure-track, emeritus, visiting, and clinical professors. Another 7.5 percent were academic professionals at the university. The remaining 27.4 percent were adjunct, part-time faculty members chosen to meet specific needs of the online programs. This mainstream approach has gained recognition by some in the field as the "UIS model," which the authors believe will become the norm as 21st century technologies become integrated into delivery of the curriculum. They also expect that many of the factors that have made the model successful in promoting online student persistence and degree completion at UIS could be replicated elsewhere. The authors discuss the prominent features of the UIS model. They believe that three factors--(1) a faculty culture encouraging and supporting engagement with students and their careers; (2) the individual support and attention provided by online program coordinators; and (3) the availability of online peer mentors--encourages student retention in the UIS online program. (Contains 1 figure and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois