Revisiting Retention: A Four-Phase Retention Research Initiative

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Conference Proceeding

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Presentation at the 18th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference of Online Learning, Orlando, FL, USA.


This presentation describes completed and planned research of a large-scale, long-term student retention initiative. Historically, retention analyses have centered upon short-term projects aimed at measuring the success of individual institutional retention efforts. This four-phase, two-year study begins by seeking to better understand retention factors specific to the university and finishes by examining selected institutional interventions. Additionally, a small group of faculty and administrators with expertise in higher education retention and specific methodological areas will play an advisory role. This presentation is designed to detail the four phases, provide any current findings, and describe initial expectations.