Since 2009, a team at the Borough of Manhattan Community College-City University of New York (BMCC-CUNY) has been pursuing research on the factors influencing student retention and success in higher education online learning and further, how online learning may impact college access and degree attainment.

This research departs from previous investigations by utilizing large-scale national data alongside a large diverse college dataset pulled from nineteen different colleges; by using rigorous methodological and statistical techniques to adjust for a broad range of factors that influence selection bias simultaneously; and by focusing on online community college and STEM courses specifically.

This research builds on an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration involving faculty with credentials in cognitive psychology, instructional technology, online learning, mathematics, and higher education.

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