Only 55 percent of first-time U.S. college students in 2008 completed a degree in 6 years, according to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse. This poor performance impacts not only the future of students but of institutions themselves. Ranking, reputation, and the bottom line can be affected.
To stem the dropout rate, many institutions are turning to web-facing services to improve learning and to support students to stay in school and complete their degrees. Here are two examples of technology-based tactics, as outlined by eCampus News, that can keep students in college and help them graduate.
- Online and blended learning: This tactic is good for remediation and course-credit recovery. It combines online coursework with in-person interaction and real-time class discussions.
- Monitoring, assessment, and early alert: These evaluate risk factors and develop appropriate interventions.
This is where Merit comes in.
In Merit programs, strategies have been developed and implemented both to prepare students for college and to provide remediation to college students who require it.
Merit offers online programs in college prep reading comprehension, process writing, grammar, and vocabulary.
With Merit, student progress is automatically tracked in an easy-to-use-tool for students and instructors. Results can be viewed on line and discussed in real time. Built-in tips and hints support students while they work.
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