[caption id="attachment_96907" align="alignleft" width="150"] Nine in 10 colleges use some form of statistical analysis to determine retention and learning strategies.[/caption]

Phil Ice knows numbers never lie.

Ice, the director of course design, research, and development for American Public University System (APUS), has watched retention rates at the 70,000-student online school steadily climb with the continued analysis of in-depth information that shows when a student might be on the verge of dropping out.

If a student’s test scores are dropping, participation numbers are low, and disengagement is evident through various statistics, the numbers suggest that student...

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