Student Outcomes

Student Retention: What Do You Do When “Life Happens”

When adult educators get together and discuss their concerns, student retention is always mentioned as a major issue. This should not come as a surprise, though, because adult education is tasked with serving those most in need.

Adult students come to your classes for a multitude of reasons: Read more about Student Retention: What Do You Do When “Life Happens”

Only 6 Months Left to Avoid GED Reset!

Do you have students who have passed portions of the GED test, but not all? Or, have some taken the entire test, but don’t have the minimum overall score? Maybe they have not been able to get a passing score on the essay. Whatever the situation, you and those students are feeling very stressed because time is running out! Read more about Only 6 Months Left to Avoid GED Reset!

Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

Student learning gains, as measured by scores on pretests and post tests, are increasingly being used to evaluate educator performance. Known as “value-added” measuring, student gains are often the primary factor used to select educational staff for rewards or sanctions.

So… is that the best way to evaluate them? And what’s the best way to improve upon their effectiveness? Read more about Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Testing Incoming Students for Admissions and Placement

Prior to admitting a student into your educational program, there are many questions that can only be answered by assessments. John Picone shares four reason why testing should be a key part of your admissions and placement process.

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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 costly to the student, the institution, and society. Read more about The Cost of Student Disengagement

How to Identify and Prevent Dropout

Early identification of risk factors that could cause a student to drop out 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.

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How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Producing students who are properly prepped for the workforce is not only beneficial to the student, it is also representative of the quality of your program. When your graduates consistently have the necessary skills to be successful, the reputation of your school is strengthened and employers are likely to recognize your students as being top candidates. But how do you know if your graduates are really ready to meet employer needs? Read more about How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

In order to begin measuring learning outcomes, we need to start with an understanding of why we should be measuring them in the first place.

Let’s consider this from the perspective of all players involved. Read more about Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

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 means making sure you’re asking the right questions, like: Read more about Student Admissions: What do You Need to Test For?

Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

It’s a common belief that students who are in the traditional classroom and receive face-to-face education do better than online students. However, I recently came across a study that shows that this may no longer be the case.

The study conducted by Ithaka S+R followed the learning of two groups of students: one group who strictly attended classroom sessions and the other who took the course online plus attended a one-hour, in-person lecture per week. Read more about Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

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