Educator’s Voice: Increasing Student Retention in Online Courses | Pearson Academic Executives


Jennifer Golightly, Ph.D.

Increasing student retention in online courses involves a combination of strategies that can be deployed at both the institutional and the course levels. This article will present a few of these strategies with some research-based analysis of the ways in which each will contribute to student retention in the online classroom; the most important of these strategies include institutional recognition of the wide variety of factors that may have an impact on student retention in online programs as well as the importance of course design in order to maximize retention rates.

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