I was intrigued by the idea of it being MORE expensive to REPLACE a student than to recruit new students de novo. In planning the master of science DE program I’m working on, I plan on being the den mother. I will watch my little chickens like a hawk (it occurs to me that could be a very bad analogy!) and will intervene even before they know an intervention is necessary.
Qinhua and Peng (2015) state there are 34 reasons why DE students drop out, and they boil down to personal factors (health, family issues, knowledge/skills) and institutional factors (learner support). Sometimes we can provide support that come from personal factors (e.g., bolstering confidence, etc.) but we absolutely can provide outstanding learner support. And that’s what I’m going to do – the Master of Science in Palliative Care that we’re developing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is going to be the best in the world, hands down. Enough said.
Qinhua, Z., & Peng, H. (2015). A preliminary-study of distance learners dropout reasons and improvement strategies2 0. Hao peng – academia.edu.