Retention of Adult Students in a Competence-Based Individualized Degree Program: Lessons Learned

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Winter 1999


Study of an adult degree program used enrollment data 1986-96, course progression data 1990-95, and surveys of 140 enrolled and 250 not enrolled students. Three-fourths of those who graduated 1988-94 did so within three years; retention was most difficult in the self-directed and research phases; women's graduate rate was higher.