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University of North Carolina Joins PAR Framework

The University of North Carolina (UNC) system has joined the PAR Framework, an organization of higher education institutions that share their data in an effort to provide one another with predictive models and benchmarks.

With the massive amount of data shared by the member institutions, PAR Framework is designed to offer a number of research assets and tools to provide effective and appropriate interventions that lead to greater success for at-risk students.

The UNC system's goal with its collaboration is to encourage success for more postsecondary students in the state.

"Unlocking insights from student success benchmark data is essential for realizing our vision for academic excellence, access and opportunity for all of our students," said University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings. "We look forward to contributing the expertise of North Carolina's faculty and institutional leaders to shape the conversation and improve outcomes nationwide."

The PAR Framework was started in 2011 with the help of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and acquired earlier this year by Hobsons, a company that provides a number of resources to educational institutions. With access to data on 2 million students, other members include the University of Hawaii system, the North Dakota University system and the University System of Maryland.

"PAR's approach to the measurement of intervention effectiveness makes it possible for systems to collaborate on shared strategic goals aimed at transforming institutional effectiveness and student success," said PAR CEO Beth Davis.

The University of North Carolina, the oldest public university in the nation, has almost 225,000 students in every one of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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