Monday, September 17, 2018

Free Report - Institutions' Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success


If you love higher education technology and data analytics as much as I do, you will love this report from NASPA (The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), Educause, and the Association for Institutional Research. This report was written by Amelia Parnell, Darlena Jones, Alexis Wesaw, and D. Christopher Brooks.

The report contains the following:

Executive Summary
Discussion of Findings
Part I: Types of Student Success Data Projects
Part II: Structures in Place
Part III: Level of Coordination
Part IV: Programs, Interventions, and Outcomes
Implications and Recommendations
References

The report also includes a methodology, additional resources, and acknowledgements.

Here are the recommendations from the study:

Recommendation 1: Identify and expand institutionally appropriate roles for IR, IT, and student affairs.

Recommendation 2: Transcend or remove certain organizational silos to improve communication across all position levels.

Recommendation 3: Prioritize measuring student outcomes.

Recommendation 4: Increase the use of qualitative data, especially from students.

My reflection: This report was great and included many institutions. However, as a higher education researcher and former higher education administrator, I think the report would benefit greatly from numerous reflections from higher education adminstrators.

For example, the first recommendation highlights the expansion of institutionally appropriate roles, but most institutions have very limited budgets that cannot accommodate the expansion of positions or add additional responsibilities to roles.

Also, I recommend that institutions provide a set of guidelines for effective communication with students (for student retention efforts), but I am not a proponent of large communication committees or councils. The formation of these groups can slow down progress for retention. Sometimes these councils that usually consist of individuals from institutional research, institutional technology, student affairs, enrollment management, and academic affairs and exist to control the distribution of messages to students.

Also, I wanted to share this infographic that I created about Student Success Technology.


Read the report, view the infographic and digest the information. Feel free to write about the report during the comment box! I would love to read it!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
Higher Education Speaker and Researcher

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Linking Essential Learning Outcomes and Marketable Skills in Texas


Linking Essential Learning Outcomes and Marketable Skills in Texas
Linking Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, American Association of Colleges and Universities (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE Outcomes)
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THECB Core Curriculum
LEAP Learning Outcomes
NACE Job Outlook
Critical Thinking (CT)
Info. Literacy VALUE
Integrative Learning VALUE
Problem Solving VALUE
Problem Solving (4)
Technical Skills (10)
Communication Skills (COM)
Oral Communication VALUE
Written Communication VALUE
Leadership (1)
Written Communication (3)
Oral Communication (5)
Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS)
Reading Rubric VALUE
Quantitative Literacy VALUE
Analytical/Quantitative (8)
Teamwork (TW)
Teamwork VALUE
Ability to Work in a Team (2)
Social Responsibility (SR)
Intercultural Knowledge VALUE
Civic Responsibility VALUE
Strong Work Ethic (6)
Initiative (7)
Flexibility/Adaptability (9)
Personal Responsibility (PR)
Ethical Reasoning VALUE
Lifelong Learning VALUE

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Direct Link to the Content - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRgv-KLjoM2GBXj9JVax-Hp9U3xrZ5ALIFeXTyDCK0AavEP6uzcdZUdAc4Kq7gK5vgw5rlmJfZRk8eO/pub


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Telling Your Student Success Technology and Retention Story - Crafting Press Releases and Making YouTube Videos


Today, I am preparing for our first Student Success and Retention Technology Meetup! I am very excited and I am including an interactive session focused on how to tell your How to Tell Your Student Success Technology/Retention Story.

I decided to include artifacts of our Student Success Technology/Retention story at Tarleton State University. Here are some examples...

October 24, 2016
Tarleton uses programs to retain students (Crystal Ogbuehi)

October 19, 2017
Tarleton raises bar in graduation, retention rates for regional A&M schools

November 1, 2017

Tarleton using cell phones, text messages to retain, motivate students

November 15, 2017
Tarleton academic advisor receives national award (By TSU Media Relations)

The Tarleton SSMI Youtube Channel Featuring "How to Videos"
https://www.youtube.com/user/TarletonSSMI

If you would like to partner on a Student Success Technology project with Tarleton, please let me know!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Congratulations to the The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant Winner - National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


This year, I worked with a team of individuals from my university to write a grant focused on the experiences of senior-year college students who are seeking post-graduation employment. Unfortunately, the proposal was not funded, but I am excited to see the results from the other researchers who submitted proposals!

The winner of the Paul P. Fidler grant from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition was Mauriell Amechi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His study titled “Our Stories (Un)Told: Community Cultural Wealth and the College-Going Experiences of Transitioning Youth in Foster Care". His study will “address barriers associated with college choice and enrollment for populations in foster care.” We look forward to his exemplary research and the contributions he will make to the knowledge base on students in transition. Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear more about your research!

The other finalists for the 2017-2018 Fidler Grant were:
Linda DeAngelo of the University of Pittsburgh: “Self-efficacy in the transition into and through the first college year for women engineering students”

Ryan Hudes of Seton Hall University and Katherine Aquino of Manhattan College: “Student-College Matching Tendencies and Mobility for Students Transferring Within Four-year Institutions”

Cindy Ann Kilgo and Lauren Bennett of the University of Alabama: “Examining TRANSition: An Overview of Inclusive Practices to Support Transgender Students’ Success in College”

Kim McAloney of Oregon State University: “What am I Doing Here?!: An FYE Course in which first generation college students study first generation college students”

We received some great feedback about the grant and we cannot wait to revise!

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Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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