New, Emerging Findings from 4 Million Student Records


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Community Insights: Volume 1, Issue 2

Interesting insights emerge when we look across 4 million student records. We are pleased to announce our second issue of Community Insights – research from across our partner institutions that can improve our policy, practice and understanding of what students need to succeed.

Read on for a glimpse of some highlights from the compelling findings in our second issue of 2016.

Learn more by downloading the report and watching the webinar. You’ll hear from Co-Founder Mark Milliron and Senior VP of Outcomes & Strategy Laura Malcolm as they unpack the research findings.


Issue 2 of Community Insights takes a deeper look into which types of engagement matter most to predict student success, high GPA departures and the predictive value of college admissions tests.


The Four Types of LMS Activity that Matter Most

In our first issue, we demonstrated the importance of LMS engagement to student success. This led to many interesting questions from our community. Specifically, leaders were asking what types of LMS engagement are most predictive. LMS engagement matters more than we imagined, especially for first-year students. Read the report to learn which four types of LMS activity matter most – findings that held true regardless of institutions size or sector.

Deeper Insights into High GPA Departure
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In researching our first report, we discovered that more students are leaving our institutions with GPAs above 2.0 than below. In this issue we expand
that research and dive in for a deeper look at the new silent majority in higher education – high performing students leaving our institutions in large numbers.

The Predictive Value of College Admissions Considerations

With a growing body of research exploring the predictive value of the norm referenced SAT and ACT tests, we’ve begun to explore our data to see what predictive value high school performance has in comparison to the SAT and ACT. For 50 percent of the institutions in this study, high school data was considerably more predictive of student success than SAT and ACT scores. Learn more in the report, and enjoy the webinar.

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