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StudentTracker Data Closing Student Achievement Gaps

Education Experts Showcase How StudentTracker Data Closes Student Achievement Gaps

by NSC Blog | Nov 12, 2018 | Clearinghouse News, Research Services, StudentTracker, StudentTracker for High Schools |

How are colleges, universities, and high schools using data to drive student achievement, close gaps and meet state requirements?

Administrators from throughout Kentucky and the nation recently met at our Lexington, KY Clearinghouse Academy to help numerous high schools, community colleges, technical colleges and universities leverage StudentTracker data to answer this question.

Becky Patterson, executive director at the University of Louisville’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning, shared how her institution used StudentTracker data to get insights on non-completers and used that information for outreach opportunities.

“We went back 10 years and identified students who did not graduate and submitted files to the Clearinghouse to see if they actually completed a degree at another institution, and for those who did not, we are following up with these students,” she said. “This is a starting point to get some of these students back, see what the issue is, and see if we can help them complete their degree that they started at our university.”

Billy Buchanan, director of Grants, Research, Accountability, and Data, Fayette County Public Schools (Lexington, KY), spoke about the benefit of using predictive analytics.

“We use predictive analytics, so we can identify earlier if students are going to persist to completion,” he said. “If they don’t persist to completion, we want to know why that is. We want to identify that sooner so that we can help work with those students or future students to deal with those things before they present a problem for them in the postsecondary.” 

Other panelists and topics included:

  • Kate Akers, executive director of Kentucky Center for Statistics, spoke to high-impact users of data in the state of Kentucky.
  • Data analysts and administrators from several Kentucky public schools systems shared how they are closing achievement gaps at the secondary level, including:
  • Tamara Lewis, data analyst, Jefferson County Public School System (Louisville, KY)
  • Pam Royster, director, Postsecondary Planning, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Shelby Stanfield, former registrar and vice provost at the University of Texas in Austin and Director of Service Innovation Networks at the Clearinghouse, talked about how Reverse Transfer was used to award more degrees in the state of Texas.
  • Kim Taylor, registrar at the University of Kentucky, and Heather Smith, vice president at Bridgewater University and a Clearinghouse senior consultant, also discussed the impact of Reverse Transfer on graduation rates.
  • Rhyan Conyers, vice president for Institutional Effectiveness at Transylvania University; and Ange Petersen, retired associated vice president at University of Central Florida and a Clearinghouse senior consultant shared their stories of postsecondary data innovations.

For more information on how the Clearinghouse can help your institution use data to influence processes and aid in student achievement and success, contact your regional director.

“We went back 10 years and identified students who did not graduate and submitted files to the Clearinghouse to see if they actually completed a degree at another institution, and for those who did not, we are following up with these students. This is a starting point to get some of these students back, see what the issue is, and see if we can help them complete their degree that they started at our university.”

Becky Patterson
Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, University of Louisville

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