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Data Analytics Applications for Student Retention – Traditional Techniques versus Machine Learning

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope triggered more than a few memories of mine. One of those memories was the alleged quote from astrophysicist and tv host, Carl Sagan, who referred to the number of stars in the universe as “billions and billions.”

Another memory was when Dr. Phil Ice and I presented a paper about online student retention at the biennial conference of the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University.

The James Webb Space Telescope

I grew up during America’s space race to the moon and remember watching most of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo launches including the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. With the creation of the space shuttle program and construction of our space station, America’s post-moon landing space program focused more on conducting scientific experiments instead of traveling to the moon or other planets.

Sustainable Development Goals

I consider myself a well-read person who manages to stay on top of most of the current news despite the distractions from multiple media sources as well as warring political factions. In a recent article about Artificial Intelligence (AI), I read a statement about AI’s influence on SDG 4, quality education.

I had no idea what SDG 4 was, where it came from, and its context in the AI discussion, so I typed it in my search engine and the top choice was the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Sustainable Development Goals webpage.

Today’s Disengaged Learner is Tomorrow’s Adult Learner

In a recent blog post, I wrote about Aaron Basko’s Chronicle of Higher Education article in which he suggested that colleges might be overthinking how to improve student retention.

Thinking about Mr. Basko’s observations and recommendations reminded me of a Straighterline and UPCEA study released in November titled Today’s Disengaged Learner is Tomorrow’s Adult Learner.

What Works Best to Improve Retention

What Works Best to Improve Retention – Analyzing and Designing an Individualized Approach or Focusing on Helping Students Be Successful?

In the December 10, 2021 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aaron Basko authored an Insight article titled Have We Gotten Student Success Completely Backward? The article’s subtitle, “Instead of fretting over why students might leave, colleges need to focus on why they’ll stay,” provides an excellent lead-in for the points that follow.