Online Learning Update

August 21, 2017

How Three States Boost College Student Outcomes with Analytics #highered #edtech

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Jennifer Snelling, Converge

With the help of data analytics, state education agencies and higher education institutions are trying to increase college retention and graduation rates. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education, 60 percent of full-time students who enrolled at a four-year institution in 2008 took six years to graduate. The same study showed the average retention rate is around 80 percent, but less selective schools with open admissions policies retained 62 percent of their students between 2013 and 2014. Graduation and retention rates are key components to a school’s reputation.  A typical college graduate working full time earns 54 percent more than a worker who attended some college, but has no degree. When retention and graduation rates improve, both students and institutions benefit. How can higher education keep students in school long enough to graduate? Turns out, analytics has some answers.  Predictive analytics uses massive amounts of historical data to identify patterns and forecast outcomes and trends.

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