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PAR Framework Partners with American Institutes for Research

The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework has partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in an effort to develop new metrics and measurements to help guide national policies related to higher education outcomes.

The PAR Framework is an independent, non-profit provider of learner analytics as a service, and AIR is a behavioral and social science research and evaluation organization. According to the PAR Framework, the metrics currently used to compare higher education institutions in the United States are based on traditional models of education and don't reflect the current reality of non-traditional students and changing instructional models and business practices.

Through this partnership, the PAR Framework and AIR plan to develop new benchmarks for measuring the performance of for-profit and alternative delivery models of education, such as online learning, and to identify ways to improve "federal data collections, statutory disclosure and reporting requirements, especially with regards to transfer students and adult learners," according to information from PAR.

To achieve this goal, PAR and AIR will use PAR's common data definitions and data gathering, handling and analysis resources to develop metrics can help identify reasons why students fail or drop-out of higher education institutions in the United States.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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