A Student Retention Strategy for Educational Leaders in International Programs at Thai Private Universities

Authors

  • Poonpilas Asavisanu1
  • Nathara Mhunpiew

Keywords:

Student Retention, International Programs, Leadership Strategy

Abstract

Factors affecting student retention were examined in the context of international programs at Thai private higher education institutions for the development of a leadership strategy to affect retention. A mixed-methods study involving both quantitative and qualitative aspects was employed to determine factors affecting student retention and current practices utilized.Students, faculty and administrators of international programs were surveyed and interviewed to obtain data for this study. Results indicated that retention of students in international programs at Thai private universities were influenced by academic, social, advising, and financial issues as well as levels of degree commitment, scholastic conscientiousness and academic efficacy. Current practices utilized included academic remediation, tutoring, advising, and student monitoring systems.These findings suggest that implementation of practical interventions supported by retention research and leadership commitment to increasing academic improvement will benefit students and have an impact on student retention.

Author Biographies

Poonpilas Asavisanu1

Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, Assumption University, Thailand

Nathara Mhunpiew

Ph.D, Program Director of Ph. D. in Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, Assumption University, Thailand

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2014-06-01

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