Why Do Students Leave College Before Finishing? New Study Looks at Common Scenarios. (EdSurge)

December 3, 2021

When a student stops out of college before getting a degree, the college should act fast if it wants to get them back.

That’s because there’s a correlation between how long a student has been disengaged and the likelihood that they’ll return.

“As soon as a student drops out or stops out or disengages, the university needs to have an immediate attack plan,” said Bruce Etter, assistant director of research at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, in an interview with EdSurge this week. “Do we provide them a certificate for credits earned? Do we provide a concierge service? Do we offer a subset of courses at a lower price? All these different strategies and tactics are incredibly valuable, but there’s also a real sense of urgency that needs to be associated with them because there’s a very, very clear line between those two items.”

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