Issue 4, MAY 2018
We turn our attention to another often underserved student population: those who nearly complete their education, but for one reason or another, are at risk of leaving their current institution without earning a degree.
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On average, part-time students across all types of institutions are attempting 3.6 courses per term
6.10 percentage point increase in median persistence rate between students who took three courses versus two courses across all institutions
Largest increase in median persistence rate (14.91%pp) is between community college students taking one course per term versus those taking two
98.3% of institutions are losing more students with 2.0 GPA or higher than below 2.0
Most predictive LMS activities include attendance, grades, course material engagement and discussion board engagement
For 50% of institutions, high school data is more predictive than test scores
80% of the institutions had LMS activity in their top 10 predictive variables
On average, 42% of students who leave do so with GPAs in the 3.0 to 4.0 range. This is true across institution types and sizes.
Students who earn a C in Yellow Flag courses tend to persist but not graduate