Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

As an academic director, faculty frequently sent struggling students to my office. These students were at risk of being kicked out or doing their best to drop out. From high absenteeism to nonexistent study habits, there was a host of symptoms that contributed to the students’ challenges. But, regardless of the symptoms, I found that student...

The Cost of Student Disengagement

It is alarming that disengaged students represent approximately 18% of postsecondary students. Simply put, disengaged students are less motivated to improve their educational outcomes, and they place less emphasis on their education. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that disengaged students have the poorest educational outcomes, which are...

How to Identify and Prevent Dropping Out of School

Early identification of risk factors that could cause a student to dropout of school can make a major difference in that student’s educational outcomes. Learn how to identify the potential risks and what you can do to prevent dropout. Today I’m going to talk about identifying student risk factors and how to prevent existing students...

What is Student Engagement and Why Does it Matter?

“Student engagement” is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. Wonderlic takes a look at what it means for you. What does the term “student engagement” mean to you? If you don’t have a clear, concise answer to that question, and one that includes a measureable action plan, don’t worry… you’re not alone. It’s n...

Student Admissions: What do You Need to Test For?

With enrollment in higher education down, it is now more important than ever that we do everything possible to bring in student candidates that have the best opportunities to succeed and stay through completion. This starts with the student admissions process. First, we need to start by testing every student applicant. This mean...

3 Ways to Keep Students Motivated During the Holidays

As unbelievable as it may be, the holidays are upon us (is summer really over?!) and that means keeping your students engaged is going to become a struggle. In between family gatherings, vacations, breaks from school and playing with all those cool new gadgets, school will slowly get relegated to the back of many students’ minds. Howeve...

Online Education: More Cost Efficient?

I can’t seem to put down the topic of online education. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, but public perception (and even the opinions of those in education) is mixed. In an earlier post I disc...

4 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Adult Education Program

Social media is here to stay. Learn how you can implement it in your adult education program to help improve student engagement. Today we're going to talk about the top four reasons why you should be using social media in your adult education program. What started as a way for college students to more easily stay in contact with their...

3 Characteristics of Student Engagement

Do you know what types of students you should be enrolling to ensure the best outcomes? Learn about three characteristics that drive student engagement. We recently completed a study in conjunction with the Imagine America Foundation to determine what factors affect student engagement. There are three defined characteristics of engaged...

Teaching Strategies for Reluctant Learners

How do you get through to students who are reluctant to learn? Here are some strategies that can help you teach them more effectively. Today we're going to share with you some strategies you can use to help your reluctant learners. Every educator will have a reluctant learner at some point in their career. While there are many reasons...