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The extent of and reasons for non re-enrolment: A case of Korea National Open University
Posted on 18 January 2015 by Shahril Effendi Bin Ibrahim (Senior Librarian)
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Hyoseon Choi
Yekyung Lee
Insung Jung
Colin Latchem
Publication Details
Language: 
English
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2013
Publication Title: 
The International Review and Research in Open & Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Publisher: 
Athabasca University
Volume: 
14
Issue or Number: 
4
Summary
Despite continuous efforts to increase retention, dropout rates are high in distance universities. The objectives of this study were: 1) to investigate the extent and causes of non re-enrollment at a mega university, Korea National Open University; and 2) to suggest actions to improve the retention of students, in general, and those with higher risks of dropout in particular. A survey designed to establish the student demographics and the students’ main reasons for non re-enrollment was carried out during spring, 2009 with 1,353 respondents. The results indicate that a lack of feedback from the instructors, heavy workload, and difficulties in studying at a distance were the main reasons for non re-enrollment. The learners’ perceptions of the value of the degrees and their ages, gender, and educational backgrounds were also found to be significant factors in decisions not to re-enroll. The suggested solutions for reducing non re-enrollment include: a decrease in the number of required credit hours’ study per semester; the provision of stronger social support; the introduction of a more flexible enrollment system; and better use of the available technology and infrastructure to help both students and instructors build stronger learning communities. (Abstract by author)
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