CDE seminar: Improving retention and persistence in online learning

CSU-Global Campus

For the latest free CDE seminar we were very pleased to welcome Jon Bellum, Provost and Senior Vice-President at Colorado State University-Global Campus, to Senate House to talk about a case study for retention in online learning. 

Colorado State University-Global Campus is a 100% online public institution focused on providing adults with career-relevant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A university wide retention and persistence program was designed to provide its non-traditional students with the support they needed throughout the student lifecycle. Since implementing this process improvement, CSU-Global has been able to maintain first-to-third term retention rates that exceed 80% and a four-year retention/graduation rate that exceeds 75%.

The presentation ran through the processes involved in implementing this programme and reviewed the outcomes. The slides and seminar is of interest to anyone involved in developing courses for online or flexible delivery – audio for the session can be found at

Audio and slides

NOTE: Audio begins at the end of slide three due to a technical problem.

Speaker info

Jon Bellum is the provost and senior vice president at the Colorado State University-Global Campus where he has led the development of this fully online, public university through his work with course and program development, academic assessment, information technology and strategic planning. He has been involved in online and technology-enhanced education for over 10 years at several institutions including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Vermont. He received his  BSEd from the University of South Dakota and his PhD in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska.

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