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Guenther, John; Bat, Melodie; Stephens, Anne; Skewes, Janet; Boughton, Bob; Williamson, Frances; Wooltorton, Sandra; Marshall, Melissa; Dwyer, Anna – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2017
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in very remote parts of Australia are increasingly participating in vocational education and training (VET); however, completion rates remain low and employment outcomes are not improving. This project identifies how retention and completion can be improved and what other indicators of success are important…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders, Vocational Education
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Chiyaka, Edward T.; Sithole, Alec; Manyanga, Fidelis; McCarthy, Peter; Bucklein, Brian K. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Online course delivery continues to grow as a viable means of providing increased educational access to more students, but low student retention rates remain a major challenge. In this study, key institutional characteristics that influence student retention in postsecondary education are analyzed. These are student-faculty ratio, graduation rate,…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Holding Power, Postsecondary Education, Electronic Learning
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Bingham, Melissa A.; Solverson, Natalie Walleser – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2016
First- to second-year retention rates are one metric reported by colleges and universities to convey institutional success to a variety of external constituents. But how much of a retention rate is institutional inputs, and how much can be understood by examining student inputs? The authors utilize multi-year, multi-institutional data to examine…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Universities, College Students, School Holding Power
Skewes, Janet; Bat, Melodie; Guenther, John; Boughton, Bob; Williamson, Frances; Wooltorton, Sandra; Marshall, Mel; Dwyer, Anna; Stephens, Anne – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2017
The case studies presented in this Support Document are a compilation of learnings derived from the research project, "Enhancing training advantage for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners." The project, funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), was conducted by a consortium of researchers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders, Vocational Education
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Asmar, Christine; Page, Susan; Radloff, Ali – Higher Education Research and Development, 2015
Increases in participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in higher education across Australia continue to be promising. However, it is also known that Indigenous students' attrition, retention and completion rates remain areas of concern. In this paper, we report our findings from an analysis of Indigenous student responses to…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Coates, Hamish – Australian Universities' Review, 2014
In many higher education systems around the world increasing retention is vital if institutions are to produce the number of graduates identified through government projections to meet industry needs. Taking Australia as an example, the analysis uses results from a large-scale survey of undergraduate students to review rates and rationales for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Intention
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Pitman, Tim; Koshy, Paul; Phillimore, John – Higher Education Research and Development, 2015
In the pursuit of mass higher education, fears are often expressed that the quality of higher education suffers as access is increased. This quantitative study considers three proxies of educational quality: (1) prior academic achievement of the student, (2) attrition and retention rates and (3) progression rates, to establish whether educational…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Bandias, Susan; Fuller, Don; Larkin, Steven – Journal of International Education Research, 2014
Important recent objectives of indigenous education policy in Australia have been aimed at redressing indigenous economic and social disadvantage through increasing student retention, progression and completion rates in both compulsory and post-compulsory education. The two sectors of the tertiary education system, vocational education and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Economically Disadvantaged
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Mangan, John; Trendle, Bernard – Education Economics, 2017
There is widespread public concern at the high drop-out rates among apprentices in Australia. This paper argues that this concern may be misplaced as it fails to allow for eventual completion over time. We argue that a methodology that concentrates on a single training episode only is less appropriate to evaluating training outcomes in a regime…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, Apprenticeships
National Student Clearinghouse, 2014
This snapshot report provides information on student persistence and retention rates for Spring 2014. Data is presented in tabular format on the following: (1) First-Year Persistence and Retention Rates by Starting Enrollment Intensity (all institutional sectors); (2) First-Year Persistence and Retention Rates by Age at College Entry (all…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Enrollment Rate, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
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Papay, John P.; Bacher-Hicks, Andrew; Page, Lindsay C.; Marinell, William H. – Educational Researcher, 2017
Substantial teacher turnover poses a challenge to staffing public schools with effective teachers. The scope of the teacher retention challenge across school districts, however, remains poorly defined. Applying consistent data practices and analytical techniques to administrative data sets from 16 urban districts, we document substantial…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Urban Schools, Educational Policy, Urban Teaching
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Millea, Meghan; Wills, R.; Elder, A.; Molina, D. – Education, 2018
Increasingly, student success in college is gauged by retention and graduation rates. Understanding the factors that influence student success can assist practitioners in terms of programming and institutional investments. This study evaluated factors such as residential living, attendance programs, demographic attributes, average class size, and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Student Records, Success
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Jarzombek, Molly J.; McCuistion, Kimberly J.; Bain, Steve F.; Guerrero, Dolores; Wester, David B. – Research in Higher Education Journal, 2017
The Honors College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville was established in 2010. At that time, student retention rate at Texas A&M-Kingsville was at 56%, one of the lowest rates in Texas. In an effort to determine if the establishment of the Honors College on campus has made a positive impact on First Time In College (FTIC) student retention…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Program Effectiveness
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Cholewa, Blaire; Schulthes, Gretchen; Hull, Michael F.; Bailey, Billie J.; Brown, Jean – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2017
Higher education institutions are often concerned about retention rates, particularly among underprepared students. This study examines the effects of Counselors providing Resources, Integration, Skill Development, and Psychosocial Support (CRISP), which is a low-cost counseling model focused on increasing the academic success and retention of…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Intervention, Cost Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
National Student Clearinghouse, 2016
Of all students who started college in fall 2014, 72.1 percent persisted at any U.S. institution in fall 2015, while 60.6 percent were retained at their starting institution. The persistence rate is the percentage of students who return to college at any institution for their second year, while the retention rate is the percentage of students who…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Age Differences, Public Colleges
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