Helping Student with Difficult Courses

The University Retention Committee was charged with developing strategies to improve retention and graduation. A major challenge to student persistence and eventual graduation occurs when a grade of D or F is earned or when a student withdraws from a course necessary for graduation. Kent State has defined High DFW courses as those with 30% or more of the students enrolled earn a D, F, or withdraw. To improve student performance in these courses, colleges identified various strategies to be employed in a Fall 2014 pilot program to see if a difference is made at the end of the term. The strategies below may be used in combination:

  • Course Signals: Providing feedback to students on their course performance
  • Outreach/Tutoring: Encouraging students to take advantage of Supplemental Instruction resources
  • Online Modules: Developing support materials to help students with coursework
  • ALEKS: Expanding use of ALEKS in other math courses to improve performance
  • FPDC: Employing pedagogical strategies to improve learning

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