Topic: Addressing Public Good in Online Programs
Five years ago the Division of Online and Professional Studies (OPS) at California Baptist University was established for the specific purpose of serving the needs of an increasing number of adults and non-traditional students seeking higher education. Retention rates in OPS have steadily increased since 2011 to the current 70.9% in 2015. The increase can be contributed to a comprehensive student-centered design that begins with the student’s inquiry; maintains throughout registration, enrollment, courses, and services; and concludes with graduation. Through a presentation with multiple speakers, the audience will learn the basic factors of the student-centered design as well as the foundation needed to begin such a process.
Co-curricular approaches to educate the whole student are well-developed for many residential colleges and universities. However, these programs are often under-developed for online student populations. This presentation will briefly demonstrate a holistic approach to online education, providing examples of effective co-curricular activities leading to increased engagement and student development opportunities.