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What’s New in Analytics in Higher Education?

Donald M. Norris

 

The attached White Paper synthesizes the interviews and feedback from industry vendors, thought leaders, and practitioners, started at the EDUCAUSE conference and continued afterward.  It focuses on the leading edge of Action Analytics – the best practices that may lead to breakthroughs.

 

Read the entire paper to learn about vision and best practices in the following eight areas concerning how to succeed with analytics:

 

  1. Begin with a clear focus on what it will take to improve student access, affordability, and success – then raise the stakes even higher;
  2. Open up access to data to all and broaden the scope of date used in analytics;
  3. Create the next generation of analytics applications: enterprise-wide, affordable, and user friendly;
  4. Deploy new modes for users to engage and visualize data and new means of alerting, intervening, and “nudging” users toward success;
  5. Use embedded, predictive analytics to optimize performance;
  6. Create  culture of performance measurement, improvement, and optimization;
  7. Expand institutional analytics to include K-20 and workforce analytics; and Utilize Action Analytics to support reimagining higher education, post recession. 
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A New Age of Learning Management Analytics

Louis C. Pugliese, President, Moodlerooms

This white paper explores how the increased use of Learning Management Systems in higher education is changing the playing field for how institutions do business and offers a great opportunity for affordability and efficiency for the future.

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Not Much Reimagination in Lifting Out of Recession

Karin Fischer - The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2010

 

At the recent meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Soumitra Dutta, a professor of business and technology at Insead, critiqued higher education for largely missing the opportunity to use the recession to stimulate significant change.  Even with a "dose of hot water" caused by the recession, Mr. Dutta said, most universities have tinkered at the margins, freezing faculty recruitment and reducing administrative expenses, rather than taking a hard look at how they do business.

 

This theme was carried forward by Peter Smith, Vice President for Academic Strategies and Development, who observed that a student-centric, employment-focused experience was desired by students seeking to lift out of recession.  "Do it better, cheaper, or more appropriately—that's the metric for universities," he said...

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Reimagining Higher Education Needs Action Analytics!

At the Meeting of the Society for College and University Planning, we found that action analytics generated a great deal of interest among practicing planners and policy analysts – especially when we tied it to lifting out of recession and establishing financial sustainability.  Check out our Wiki on Reimaging Higher Education,  Post Recession for the latest ideas on how to do it.

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New Online Tool Helps Compare Spending and Revenues across U.S. Campuses; Study Reveals Patterns in Higher Education Spending

Delta Project - July 8, 2010

WASHINGTON – A national trends report and cost-comparison tool released today by the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity, and Accountability provide significant insight into how thousands of the nation’s colleges and universities are spending their resources, with implications for what that means for ―the "new normal" in college spending.

The report – Trends in College Spending 1998-2008: Where Does the Money Come From? Where Does It Go? What Does It Buy? – examines national college spending and resource trends in the years leading up to the current recession. Focusing on the period from 1998 to 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available), the report highlights several ongoing patterns in how institutions get and spend their money. TCS Online (www.tcs-online.org), a new web-based application of the Delta project database, complements the national trends report with easy access to institution and state-level details.”...

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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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Breaking Bad Habits: Navigating the Financial Crisis

Dennis Jones and Jane Wellman - Change Magazine, May/June 2010

The fiscal problems facing higher education can only partially be solved through better management of resources within institutions. They will also require attention at a public-policy level, including reforms in how states finance higher education.

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Improving Accountability for Costs in Postsecondary Education

Jane V. Wellman, Delta Project - University of Louisiana System, Education Forum on Access to Success, March 27, 2008

This presentation discusses the findings of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity, and Accountability and how institutions can improve practices for a sustainable future.

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The Redesign Alliance

The National Center for Academic Transformation

The Redesign Alliance is a membership organization whose mission is to advance the concept of course redesign throughout higher education to increase student success and access while containing or reducing instructional costs. The Redesign Alliance pursues this mission by creating a community of higher education institutions and others who are committed to and experienced with large-scale course redesign.