Improving online student retention: Is there a formula for success?
Research suggests a complex array of factors contribute to student retention and successful degree completion in online educational institutions. Availability of support may develop students’ self-confidence, strengthen self-efficacy, and improve performance and retention. This correlational study of the relationship of full-time to part-time faculty ratios and student retention in 1078 online educational institutions provided insights useful to higher education administrators seeking to develop competitive edge. Since data failed to link full-time/part-time faculty ratios to student retention, continued research on other manifestations of support is warranted.
Keywords: student retention, degree completion, online, distance learning, full-time faculty, part-time faculty,