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Gilfus Analytics Launched

Leveraging our history in the development of Learning Management Systems, Gilfus Analytics is an elite team of independent industry experts from the Gilfus Education Group focused on developing strategies for the development of Academic Analytics and eLearning Intelligence in education. The Gilfus Analytics team can develop a strategy around learning analytics for your organization.
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Preventing Online Dropouts: Does Anything Work?

Marc Parry – The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 22, 2010

Kennesaw State University’s new study about retention strategies in online education, soon to be published in the International Journal of Management in Education, suggests that “nothing worked” in reducing online students from dropping out of courses.  But other commentators suggest that other measures that were not tried have proven successful in other settings.

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A Measure of Learning is Put to the Test

David Glenn - The Chronicle of Higher Learning, September 19, 2010

The Collegiate Learning Assessment test is gaining traction among many institutions as a better assessment of the sorts of skills and capacities that colleges really want students to walk away with…

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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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To What End?

Terry O’Bannion – Inside Higher Ed, August 16, 2010

 

Terry O’Bannion explores interesting implications of the push for the so-called student success agenda.  He calls for the agenda to achieve its potential to “open the doors to reform, serving as a trigger moment that can unleash pent-up frustrations with resistance and propel champions of reform to the forefront.”  He also calls for the community colleges to address the question “To what end?” by not just accelerating completion but by re-conceiving the needs of 21st century employment and citizenship.
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Reports Highlight Disparities in Graduation Rates Among White and Minority Students

Jennifer Gonzalez - The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 9, 2010

A pair of reports released on Monday by the Education Trust seek to reveal how disparate graduation rates are among white, black, and Hispanic students at hundreds of public and private universities, and call attention to individual institutions where the gaps are particularly large or small...

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7 Things You Should Know About Analytics

EDUCAUSE - April, 2010

This article by EDUCAUSE explores some of the most pressing issues in the use of analytics to increase student success in higher education including: what are analytics, how they work, who's using them, why it is significant, some downsides of their use, where their use is going, and what are the implications for teaching and learning?

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Signals: Applying Academic Analytics

Kimberly E. Arnold - EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 33, Number 1, 2010

This article by Kimberly Arnold from the EDUCAUSE Quarterly provides a fuller description of the development of the Signals program at Purdue University, which enables faculty and students to receive real-time assessments, throughout the semester, of students’ performance in particular courses, normed against past experiences of successful students.  The article discusses how the program has been received and perceived by students.

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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.