Smart universities are turning to new data sources to identify those students who need a nudge toward success.
University of California, Riverside is receiving about $2 million to support efforts to retain students in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially underrepresented students. The funding is being provided through the National Science Foundation's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP).
To keep up with rapid enrollment, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is adopting a cloud-based, constituent relationship management system to automate admissions, centralize contact management, and improve relationship management with staff at the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education, a consortium of 27 teaching hospitals throughout the state.
Portland, OR-based Concordia University has deployed a new cloud-based constituent relationship management system to help manage recruitment as it sees enrollment growing. So far, it is using the platform to recruit freshman, transfer, graduate, and online program students.
The Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business has deployed a new constituent relationship management platform to help with recruiting efforts.
In 2011, Marist launched the Open Academic Analytics Initiative, supported initially by an Educause Next Generation Learning Challenges grant (funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and now maintained and furthered by the college. OAAI's main goal is to research the "portability" of predictive models, to create tools and resources that are applicable in diverse educational environments.
Recognizing the need to put sophisticated career-planning tools directly in the hands of students, parents, and advisers, Mathews and his team created the Education and Career Positioning System, a suite of tools that analyzes learning records, personal traits, and individual abilities to help students choose potential education and career directions.
The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework, which is managed by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), has released its Student Success Matrix (SSMx), a tool intended to help higher education institutions improve student outcomes through the effective use of supports and interventions.
Blackboard has announced new features in its Blackboard Analytics Suite, including analytics to identify at-risk students and to measure student success in developmental education programs.
After a couple of years of experience, a New York college has reported back on its use of a student retention program to enhance the work of its at-risk committee and other campus student advising resources.