Community Insights: Continuing to Catalyze the Conversation

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mockup_communityinsights_vol1_issue2-_500pixels Last July I shared my excitement about Civitas Learning’s first Community Insights report, based on findings from across our growing community. Since then, I’ve been on the road engaging in catalytic conversations with many of you about what we’re learning. This week, we’re publishing our second issue of Community Insights and I’m especially pleased to see the research – now from 4 million student records – is both a deeper dive into what we learned in issue 1, as well as an exploration of some new, compelling findings. We’ve all known LMS engagement matters, but our continued research points to four specific types of derived LMS features—e.g., engagement relative to a given section—that are the most predictive of student success. In our study, 85 percent of the institutions have these types of LMS features in the top-ten Powerful Predictors for first-year students. Having these data updated daily, at the student level, can better inform our coaching strategies and guide our strategic outreach to students. Our first report also shared the surprising finding that significantly more students are leaving higher ed with GPAs above 2.0 than below it. That one drew a lot of attention from the media. We dive deeper into these data in this second issue. We continue to find compelling findings about higher-than-expected, and institutionally specific GPA tipping points. Moreover, we’re continuing to see large portions of non-persisting students achieving well above 3.0 GPAs. While many students do indeed experience academic challenges, there is more to learn about students leaving for reasons of life, logistics, adjustment and mindset. And finally, in this report we turn our eyes to the growing body of research around the predictive power of college-entrance considerations: high school GPAs, class percentiles, and the norm-referenced SAT and ACT scores. For those who care deeply about access, equity, and completion, these types of findings will certainly catalyze more compelling conversations. Take a look and let’s keep learning together.

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