Stop-outs: A new variable in online student retention
Erik Shefsky, Roy Sutton, Jones International University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Strong arguments are found in education that address the importance and significance of academic stakeholders understanding demographic characteristics of student populations that promote retention. The initial goals of the study include identifying students participating in the attritional behavior of stopping-out. The researcher acquired an archival, parametric Masters level graduate program demographic student dataset from a US 100% online university. This paper presents the need, approach, and design process from which the term stop-out was redefined. By generating new knowledge regarding student stop-outs, this study supports efforts to help online institutions, students, and program stakeholders improve retention by mitigating stop-out behavior. That is achievable with the development of improved and focused research efforts addressing the need to better understand online student stop-outs, their behaviors, and associative institutional support systems, programs, and policies.
Shefsky, E. & Sutton, R. (2015). Stop-outs: A new variable in online student retention. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 480-487). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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