Reengage and Reenroll: How Universities Can Bring Back the Disengaged Learner

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Webinar at 1 p.m. ET

So many people start college and never finish. Let’s get them back! This presentation uses empirical research to illuminate where and why students disengage and how to work with them to reenroll.

While all disengaged students are individuals, there are common characteristics. They have similar reasons for stopping out (life commitments and financial burdens) and for wanting to return (completing a goal and job mobility). In fact, 89% have considered reenrollment (EAB 2019). So, who are these students and what helps them return?

UPCEA and StraighterLine conducted research profiling the disengaged learner and how their situations and motivations are different from other adult learners. This study surveyed individuals who have college credits but are no longer attending college, and profiled this population to identify why they stopped attending and what motivates them to reengage.

This presentation informs institutions on the landscape of needs, reasons for leaving college (including generational and gender differences), motivations for returning, and what really brings these students back into higher education.

Key takeaways from this webinar include the following:

  • Participants will examine and analyze empirical research on the reasons college students who have some college credits but no degree stop out and/or drop out of college.
  • Participants will engage with profiles and personas of disengaged, stopped-out/dropped-out students to identify their life needs, challenges, and motivations.
  • Participants will reflect and relate the findings of this study to their own institutions’ disengaged populations, and the challenges the institutions face in bringing these students back into college.

This webinar is free to AASCU members.


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Speakers:

Amy Smith

Amy Smith, Chief Learning Officer, StraighterLine

Amy Smith is an academic innovator devoted to increasing access to higher education for all learners. Her career spans many of the biggest institutions in the world of online higher education. She’s held senior leadership positions at University of Phoenix, Capella University (Minn.), and Colorado State University Online, which is ranked #11 in undergraduate education by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to leading StraighterLine’s academic partnerships team, she also heads up SL Labs, the research and design arm of the organization. In this role, Smith and her team focus on researching, designing, and building best-in-class product and service offerings to provide optimal value for StraighterLine’s students and clients.

In addition to leading StraighterLine’s academic partnerships team, she also heads up SL Labs, the research and design arm of the organization. In this role, Smith and her team focus on researching, designing, and building best-in-class product and service offerings to provide optimal value for StraighterLine’s students and clients.

Smith has a Ph.D. in educational leadership: curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver, an M.Ed. in public administration and supervision from National Louis University (Ill.), an M.A. in secondary education/English education from the University of Akron (Ohio), and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

Donna Souder Hodge

Donna Souder Hodge, Vice President of Operations and Advancement, Colorado State University Pueblo

Donna Souder Hodge is the vice president of operations and advancement for CSU Pueblo. In 2018, she became the architect of CSU Pueblo’s #VISION2028 strategic plan, a five-year, $34 million system investment. She has a Ph.D. in rhetoric (2008) and, in 2017, she completed the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Executive Program in Business Process Design Strategic Management. In 2019, she was accepted into the AASCU Executive Leadership Program as an AALI fellow. In 2021, she joined a cohort of higher education leaders in Harvard’s Institute of Education Management, a yearlong program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the past 20 years, she has authored, coauthored, and directed millions of dollars of grant funds from nonprofit, state, and federal entities.

 

Who Should Attend:

  • Provosts, Vice Provosts, and Associate Provosts
  • Deans and Assistant Deans
  • Vice Presidents of Enrollment
  • Vice Presidents of Student Success
  • Vice Presidents of Student Affairs
  • Frontline Enrollment Advisors and Counselors

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