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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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Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics

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

Strategic Initiatives is undertaking a consulting services project, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to advance the development of Organizational Capacity for Analytics in Higher Education.  The end game is optimizing student success through deployment and leveraging of advanced analytics practices.

This project consists of several stages and activities which will de...

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All Business Intelligence consultants are not created equal – How to ensure you get the best talent for your money.

Main Points:

  1. The supporting organization plays a significant role in resource quality
  2. Five questions to ask every BI consultant
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Bridging Intellectual and Technological Innovations: The Collaborative Culture of Assessment

Recently, the IEEE Learning Technology Newsletter published an article titled Bridging Intellectual and Technological Innovations: The Collaborative Culture of Assessment written by my colleague, Stacy Sculthorp, and me.

While we were writing this article we wondered how others engage faculty in building a collaborative culture of assessment given the foundation of existing intellectual and technological innovations. Specifically, what were your experiences, challenges, and solutions that resulted in best practices?

To read the full article visit http://www.ieeetclt.org/issues/july2010/IEEE-LT-Jul10.htm

 

Juanita Ikuta, PhD
Stacy Sculthorp, MA

Specialists
Assessment and Learning Analytics
Capella University

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Provoking Action Through Analytics and the Action Analytics Partnership

Donald Norris - President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

This presentation at the Association for Institutional Research's 50th Annual Forum describes the Action Analytics Community of Practice and how to join the Public Forum and Community of Practice.

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What exactly do we want?

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