The Impact of Distance Education on University Retention Rates

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Emily Breit
Samuel Schreyer

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This study uses new measures of distance education to assess the impact on retention rates at 4-year public and private non-profit universities in the U.S. We present evidence that the percent of undergraduates enrolled exclusively in distance education courses reduces a university’s freshmen retention rate, particularly for institutions with a relatively low median SAT score.  We find no clear evidence of lower retention rates when undergraduates are enrolled in a combination of on-campus and distance education courses.  These findings suggest increased enrollment through distance education can come at the expense of lower retention.

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Breit, E., & Schreyer, S. (2018). The Impact of Distance Education on University Retention Rates. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 6(11), 48-62. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.Vol6.Iss11.1228
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Emily Breit, Fort Hays State University

Associate Professor of Finance

Samuel Schreyer, Fort Hays State University

Associate Professor of Economics