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Reengage and Re-enroll: How Universities Can Bring Back the Disengaged Learner
So many people start college and never finish. Let’s get them back! This presentation uses empirical research to illuminate who, what, where, and why students disengage and how to work with them to re-enroll.

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 (complete a goal and job mobility). In fact, 89% have considered re-enrollment (EAB, 2019). So, who are these students and what helps them return?

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (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 re-engage.

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:
• Participants will examine and analyze empirical research on the reasons and motivations of college students who have some college credits but no degree stop 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.

Feb 2, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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