Gates Foundation’s Early Alert Initiatives Show Little Impact

The Gates Foundation’s early alert initiatives designed to improve student persistence and retention have proven largely ineffective to date.

Reported by EdSurge, a new study examining the impact on these early interventions funded by the Gates Foundation at three separate universities has “not yet produced discernible positive effects on students’ academic performance.”

This is a massive disappointment for those working to tackle the completion crisis in higher ed. Although, some critics of the study suggest that the hold preventing students from registering prior to meeting with an advisor at all three institutions may have created a new roadblock while trying to prevent others.

The takeaway? We continue to learn from every one of these studies. But perhaps we need to start not only focusing on the motivation and communication aspects of our success coaching but take a hard look at our product itself and make sure our degree programs are providing an experience that keeps students excited to learn and continue so.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.