Student Enrollment and Dropout: An Evaluation Study of Diploma in Computer Science and Application Program at Bangladesh Open University

  • Mohammad Mamunur Rashid Bangladesh Open University
  • Monira Jahan Bangladesh Open University
  • Md. Anwarul Islam Bangladesh Open University
  • Meherin Munjarin Ratna Bangladesh Open University
Keywords: Keywords, DCSA Program, drop-out trend, push-pull theory, intrinsic and extrinsic factors and ODL.

Abstract

Abstract:

The aim of this study is to investigate the present status of DCSA program focusing on student enrollment, dropout and completion trends.  The study tries to explore the factors that attract or pull students to enroll in the program and push them to dropout from the program. Secondary data analysis and interview are used to generate data. Quantitative analysis for the secondary data is used to explore students’ enrollment, dropout and completion trends. Qualitative approach is used to analyze the information generated from key participants’ interviews. The findings of the study reveal that students’ enrollment and completion trends are not at satisfactory level. The push factors identified from the study are mostly extrinsic or institution related. The factors that need to improve are current instructional strategy, timely delivery of learning materials and provide course related information, strengthen the activities of Regional Resource Centers (RRC) and Sub Regional Resource Centers (SRRC). The findings have some policy implications implying that the policy makers of BOU should take into account to improve the quality of DCSA program offered by BOU through the delivery mode of ODL.

 

Author Biographies

Mohammad Mamunur Rashid, Bangladesh Open University
Mohammad Mamunur Rashid

Assistant Professor

School of Education, Bangladesh Open University

Monira Jahan, Bangladesh Open University

Dr. Monira Jahan

Associate Professor

School of Education, Bangladesh Open University

Gazipur 1705, Bangladesh

Md. Anwarul Islam, Bangladesh Open University

Md. Anwarul Islam

Associate Professor

School of Education, Bangladesh Open University

Meherin Munjarin Ratna, Bangladesh Open University


MS Meherin Munjarin Ratna

Assistant Professor

Open School

Bangladesh Open University

Published
2015-11-02
How to Cite
Rashid, M. M., Jahan, M., Islam, M. A., & Ratna, M. M. (2015). Student Enrollment and Dropout: An Evaluation Study of Diploma in Computer Science and Application Program at Bangladesh Open University. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(4). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v16i4.2157
Section
Research Articles