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

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!


Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
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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

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