Tips for Recruitment and Retention of Online Students
Head Start professionals and parents pursuing their college education will benefit from a strong student support system. This tip sheet--developed for students, faculty, and Head Start managers--includes recommendations considered essential to student success: online student orientation information; academic and registration advice; coursework support as well as a comprehensive website for prospective students.
The following tip sheet is provided courtesy of the Bilingual Bridge Program at the University of Cincinnati Early Childhood Learning Community.
Because of the online program, I am now closing in on a bachelor's degree, after graduating with my associate's degree online a few years ago. Previously, my duties at my work place and at home had prevented me from pursuing a degree at all. Through distance learning, I am able to balance every aspect of my life without feeling guilty of being away from home. The university's support from my first course in 2000 to graduation to making the decision to continue in a bachelor's program, has helped me to succeed in ways I never thought possible.
-Angie, a student in an online program
|Make accessible and helpful information available prior to enrollment||
|Offer support, not pressure, while the prospective student is making a decision whether to enroll||
|Give an online orientation, before the beginning of online coursework||
|Offer academic advising support, while the student is enrolled in classes||
|Provide in-course support||
|Make bilingual support available for Spanish-speakers||
|Tips for Recruitment and Retention of Online Students was developed by the Bilingual Bridge Program at the University of Cincinnati Early Childhood Learning Community under the Innovation and Improvement Project grant from the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.|
Tips for Recruitment and Retention of Online Students. Bilingual Bridge Program at the University of Cincinnati Early Childhood Learning Community HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English.
Last Reviewed: May 2012
Last Updated: March 23, 2016