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Registration Open for Asynchronous Online Course “Student Retention in Higher Education: From Research and Instruction, to Covid Challenges and Beyond” (Runs Feb. 1-28)

(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

Registration is open for the Library Juice Academy online course “Student Retention in Higher Education: From Research and Instruction, to Covid Challenges and Beyond”. This is an asynchronous course that runs from Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 28. The instructor is Debra Lucas, and the cost is $175. The course is worth 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs.

To register, please go here. A course description and additional information are below.

Experts say that student retention in academe is the continued enrollment of a student from the first year to the second year. In this class we discuss the difference a librarian makes as teacher of information literacy in mentoring and supporting students from first year to graduation. Existing campus programs may be made up of a retention or enrollment office, career services, and a tutoring center, for example. In these cases, librarians need a seat at that table.  In other situations, librarians have an opportunity to create innovative grass-roots programs. Either way, the bottom line for librarians is that the institution graduates informationally literate leaders of the future, and that they have a role to that end.

In this asynchronous class, we will discuss major aspects of retention.  We review case studies of librarians who lead retention programs in action. The course also includes lectures, required and suggested readings (available as open access texts online), work tools, and a chance to create a beginner’s proposal to campus administration to create a grass roots program, or to become embedded into an existing retention program.

The course also includes lectures, required and suggested readings (available as open access texts online), work tools, and a chance to create a beginner’s proposal to campus administration to create a grass roots program, or to become embedded into an existing retention program. Retention related to Covid concerns will be introduced. The time commitment is 15 hours over the four weeks of the course.

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