The professors found that when institutions charged higher tuition rates and academic-related fees than other institutions, and their instructional and student-related expenses were larger than those at other institutions, students had a better chance of graduating.
“There are a lot of variables that factor into whether a student will graduate, but many of them are economic,” (associate professor in the Oregon State College of Education and co-writer of the report, Gloria) Crisp said in a statement. “That tells us that the way to raise graduation rates is through support, both of the student and to the institution.”
The study criticizes the funding mechanisms set up in many states -- at least 32 of them -- where money hinges on a college's completion numbers. This is measured by graduation rates, student retention levels or the number of credit hours completed.
My Take: Blackboard provides support to both teachers and students through their product offering. Along with coupled offerings like Safe Assign that save the universities $$$, it sounds like Blackboard solutions kill more than two birds with one stone. Purchasing a higher quality LMS sure sounds like higher graduation rates to me.
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