We may think of analytics as a maturing area in higher education, but there's still plenty of room for innovation. The real challenge now is to move analytics to action, says Russ Little, PAR's new Chief Innovation Officer.
At new program at Wayne State University in Michigan will give students a financial break. The "Spring/Summer Tuition Break" initiative offers students a 30 percent tuition discount in those semesters if they tackle a full load in the previous fall and winter semesters and carry a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Brockenhurst College in the United Kingdom is hoping to achieve a 15 percent increase in growth and a 15 percent reduction in students who are at risk of dropping out over the next five years. To get there, the institution is rolling out IBM's Exceptional Student Experience (ESE), which uses a mixture of cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies to help personalize the experience a student gets from enrollment all the way through to entering the workforce and lifelong learning.
The University of Arizona ditched its course catalog in favor of an interactive system for navigating course options and optimizing the route to a degree.
Southern Illinois University is tapping into a cross-institutional network for analytics to better retain students who don't know they may be on the wrong track.
RuffaloCody, a company that specializes in enrollment management and fundraising, has just expanded its expertise in the higher ed space acquiring competitor Noel-Levitz.
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Hobsons completed a pilot study during AY 2013-2014 of adult learners at eight participating higher education institutions. The investigators have just released "Measuring Impact: Findings From a Study of Adult Student Gains and Satisfaction." CT asked Jim Fong, Director of the UPCEA Center for Research & Consulting and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons for their comments.
The Mississippi Community College Board has adopted a tool from an education analytics company in an effort to reduce dropouts among students in online courses.
A 1,400-student university in Portland, OR is moving its administrative work to a cloud-based constituent relationship management program.
Joined by more than 20 member institutions to date, PAR is a growing not-for-profit collaborative venture that pools normalized (and anonymized) data to support research on student success and create predictive models and strategies for intervention. With 1.8 million-plus records in its dataset, PAR is offering its members highly reliable data modeling for student success, as well as a new potential for comparative institutional research.