Drop Rate Improvement Program (DRIP)

A program designed to improve student completion rates (reducing student drop-outs from classes) after the census date.

DRIP is based on two original research studies conducted at Odessa College in spring 2011. 

The first research study revealed a statistically significant pattern to student withdrawals from classes (not college!!) that tracked to individual instructors teaching those classes and did not correlate with the specific subject being taught or with the demographic profile of the students being taught in those classes.

The second, follow-up, research study was undertaken to determine whether or not there were qualities or practices of instruction that could account for why some faculty had consistently low drop-out rates from their classes while others teaching different sections of the same subject did not.

This study revealed that while there was no common set of instructional practices among faculty with low student drop-outs there were four "common areas of focus" when it came to the more intangible subject of "instructor-student" relationship.  In other words, student drop-out rates from specific classes appeared to be far more influenced by what instructors referred to as the "the instructor's connection to the student" rather than to any specific differences or similarities in instructional objectives, pedagogical approaches or teaching techniques.

Based on the above studies, instructors were provided with data-driven suggestions for improving their relationship to the students they taught.  This Drop Rate Improvement Program was initiated in the Arts and Sciences division in fall 2011 and in the rest of the college in spring 2012.  The results were unequivocal and immediate.  Class completion rates improved to over 90% for every student demographic regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, class standing, and whether or not they were in developmental education, dual credit or regular college courses.   


ID 8062

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #8062, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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