Why Having a Student Retention Plan is Necessary in Adult Education

Do you have a student retention plan? 

If you don't, let's go over 6 points why you need a good one.  

Ok, It's 5:06am for me here and I just ran out of coffee. Why don't we cut to the chase? 

Point # 1 I believe we adult educators have an obligation to inspire our learners to stick around so we can lead them to having better skills and knowledge, and help them solve their learning challenges.

 Point # 2—Learners don’t want classes. Rather, they are in search of “better.” Better skills, better connections, and better community

Point # 3— Adult students have problems they want solved, so they need to learn skills they will use outside the classroom. So we better get to the point fast and make a promise to help them get better day by day.

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Point # 4— A good retention rate is a win-win situation. It keeps our programs in business.

Point # 5Learners expect us to lead them— closer to their dreams. We can’t keep this promise unless we motivate them to stick around. 

Point # 6— Adult learners don’t want what adult-ed teachers want. They don’t like what we like, either. What they want is what they want— getting better day by day. 

On a side note Like Ryan Holiday puts it, “Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well.”

You can read more about student retention in my book. It's on Amazon.  

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Could you share this post with other adult-ed teachers in your network. Thanks in advance for the favor. 

The coach

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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