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Success in Cyberspace: Student Retention in Online Courses

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JARCC Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1068-610X


Student retention is an important issue in distance education. In the literature of higher education literature, however, information on student retention in online courses is incomplete. Few empirical studies have been conducted. Many articles reference the issue and then provide descriptions of best practices to address retention. Seldom, however, do articles share actual retention data or information from students about why they dropped out. This paper attempts to address the relative lack of actual retention data by presenting both archival and survey data on student retention in online courses at a large, comprehensive community college in the Northeast. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)


Moore, K., Bartkovich, J., Fetzner, M. & Ison, S. (2003). Success in Cyberspace: Student Retention in Online Courses. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 10(2), 107-118. Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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