Using Data to Increase Student Success

Using Data to Increase Student Success

Colleges, universities, and university systems increasingly are using student-level data to generate actionable information and tools that improve outcomes for students, a series of case studies from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities and the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds. The fourteen case studies — featuring Colorado State University (4 pages, PDF), Morgan State University (4 pages, PDF), the University of Michigan (2 pages, PDF), and the University of Texas System (3 pages, PDF), and others — describe how institutions have used student data to shape and implement programs aimed at improving learning and boosting degree completion rates. Student-level data has been used, for example, to develop online tools that deliver critical information to faculty, staff, and students themselves; identify barriers to academic progress; help students choose a major or career; and implement test-optional alternatives to the traditional admission process.