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Bridging the Analytics Gap: Needs and Solutions

Donald M. Norris – President Strategic Initiatives, Inc.
Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This is a description of the session at EDUCAUSE today (4:00-4:50 pm, Room 108B) at which Norris and Baer will present the preliminary findings of the survey conducted as part of the Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics project, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

This research surv...

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What is the “Analytics Capacity Gap?”

Donald M. Norris – President Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

We have utilized our conversations with representatives of leading institutional analytics practitioners and vendors to develop some preliminary insights on the state of organizational capacity for analytics in higher education.  The focus has been on how to optimize student success and institutional productivity...

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What is “Organizational Capacity” for Analytics?

Donald M. Norris –President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.
Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Most conversations in universities about data, information, reporting and analytics begin with a focus on enterprise technology and tools for reporting and analysis.  These issues are necessary, but not sufficient to the ultimate success of institutions in using analytics to optimize student success.

The trul...

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What do we mean by optimizing student success?

Donald M. Norris –President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.
Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The success of learners in achieving their objectives can be enhanced by a wide range of complementary initiatives and actions.  These include both established practices and those emerging, new developments with comparable promise. All of these are being practiced in some form or fashion by leading institutions t...

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Selecting Institutions for the Analytics Survey

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D.
President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

In selecting institutions for the survey, we decided to find and showcase exemplary practices, not the average state of the industry.  We sought institutions with demonstrable success in using analytics to improve student success.  So we identified a pool of institutions with the following characteristics:

  • Institutions that had been showcased as part of the First and Second...
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The Pre-Conference Buzz at EDUCAUSE

Donald M. Norris

 

The big buzz in Anaheim is echoing the buzz that started in Redmond and has been amplified in the blogosphere and The Chronicle of Higher Education for a week or moreNext Generation Learning Challenges has arrived... 

 

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Case Studies of the Week

The Public Forum on Action Analytics will be posting a “Case Study of the Week” featuring exemplary practice from institutions, systems of institutions, or state-level uses on analytics.  This week we are featuring three case studies that focus on using analytics at the state-level applications to guide policy making and the decisions of individuals.

 

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Student Learning Success Model

Gary Rice - University of Alaska , Anchorage

 

Dr. Gary Rice and his colleagues have developed a Student Learning Success Model which is designed to address the limitations of the traditional approach to student success metrics.  Dr. Rice is keen for researchers and practitioners to review their site, and engage Dr. Rice and his team in discussions about ways this model is better than the traditional student success tracking currently being used.

 

Since 2008, Mt. Hood Community College has been working as an external beta-test institution for the UAA model.  As was discussed at the AACC retreat in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, it is clear that we need better tools and models for tracking and intervention in student success.

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What exactly do we want?

List specifics problems you face and what information would resolve the problem.


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Building the Next Generation Educational Technology Tools to Support Action Analytics

Kim Pearce and Jeff Grann, Office of Assessment & Institutional Research, Capella University - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

This presentation describes how Capella University developed the intellectual and technical infrastructure to deeply embed analytics in its offerings and experiences.  This involves defining, measuring, and providing comprehensive feedback on student learning and developmental outcomes and progress, using competence-focused templates and rubrics that are a fundamental part of every course.  Course competencies and criteria are reported on and managed. The presentation goes on the report on Capella’s aspirations for transparency on outcomes and competences, which it plans to share with the profession to elevate the level of faculty performance in defining and developing competences in students.