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Operation Rescue: Reengaging the Disengaged Student
So many people start college yet never finish. Let’s get them back! While all disengaged students are individuals, there are common characteristics. They have similar reasons for stopping out (life commitments or financial burdens), and for wanting to return (complete a goal or job mobility). In fact, 89% have considered re-enrollment at some point in the past five years. Who are these students and what helps them return?

UPCEA and StraigherLine 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 college and what motivates them to re-engage.

Join Jim Fong, Founding Director of UPCEA's Center for Research and Strategy, and Dr. Amy Smith, Chief Learning Officer from StraighterLine, will share empirical research on who, what, where, and why students disengage and how to work with them to re-enroll.

Mar 2, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jim Fong
Founding Director, Center for Research and Strategy @UPCEA
Jim has extensive background in marketing at Penn State, as well as experience in private industry. Jim brings a rich understanding of the dynamics driving today’s higher education leaders, providing research-driven strategy and positioning. Jim often presents at UPCEA’s regional and national conferences, sharing vital information with attendees.
Dr. Amy Smith
Chief Learning Officer @StraighterLine
Dr. Amy Smith, Chief Learning Officer of StraighterLine, leads SL Labs, the research and design arm of the organization. In her role, Smith and team focus on researching, designing, and building best-in-class product and services offerings that provide optimal value for StraighterLine’s students and clients. Before joining StraighterLine, Smith served as Associate Provost of Colorado State University Online, where she was responsible for significantly increasing access and educational opportunity to students by offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, and certificate programs online.