Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies

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Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $341


persistenceWhen you focus on helping students stay in programs, you address all the ingredients of program quality and effective instruction. Student persistence is, in fact, an indicator of program strength. In this course, you will use the six core “drivers” of persistence, identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project, to organize and review a wide range of successful persistence strategies, and to prioritize the ones that might have the most impact in your own program.

Read a blog post about one participant’s experience applying some of what she learned in this course in her own program.

Participants say:

speech bubble“This is one of the best courses I have ever taken! It gave me exactly what I needed in a way that made it possible for me to reflect on my own work and situation. As I read the texts I got a lot of ideas that I will implement in my program, and that I know will benefit my students.”  Elisabeth Goodwin, Distance Learning Instructor, Pima Community College, Adult Basic Education for College & Career, Tucson, Arizona

By the end of the course, you will be able to summarize key persistence research; describe six drivers of persistence; relate the six drivers of persistence to your own personal experience; name the strengths and weaknesses of your own program related to each of the six drivers of persistence; identify at least two strategies that address each of the six drivers of persistence, and present a persistence plan for your own program.

Course Instructor:

Wendy Quiñones

Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 hrs/week (24 hours total)

Completion Requirements:

Score an 80% or above on required postings (75% of total grade) and 12 points or more on Final Project (25% of total grade).

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was written by Andy Nash at World Education.

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