High failure rates in gateway courses represent one of the largest obstacles to student success at most colleges and universities. Large required courses with failure rates as high as 30-60% can create retention and time-to-degree issues for hundreds or even thousands of students at a single institution.
While many faculty fear that nothing can be done without lowering academic standards, a growing body of research and practice demonstrates that with appropriate support, larger numbers of students can complete these courses and stay on track for a degree.
Understand the true cost of students dropping, failing, or withdrawing
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This resource describes the four key steps to increasing course completion rates without reducing academic rigor.
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