Online Learning Update

October 18, 2011

WCET Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project Delivers Millions of Course Records for Review and Analysis

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


WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, announces the successful federation of datasets from the six institutions participating in the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Framework proof of concept project just four months after the project’s early June launch. The goal of the PAR Framework is to identify variables that influence student retention and progression and to determine the impact of various demographic data on factors influencing loss and momentum. The data will be used to explore patterns that emerge when the datasets from considerably different institutions are analyzed as a single, unified sample. The WCET member institutions engaged in the PAR Framework project include American Public University System (, Colorado Community College System (, Rio Salado College (, University of Hawaii System (, University of Illinois Springfield ( and the University of Phoenix ( Each institution obtained IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. All data was anonymized and encrypted to ensure that no data are personally identifiable.

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