Do We Have it All Wrong? Where Access & Retention Collide

By Watson Scott Swail, Ed.D. President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently released a report updating data on student retention and persistence. Unfortunately, the news was not good, as the fall-to-fall retention rate (e.g., freshman-to-sophomore) fell 1.2 percent between 2009 and 2012 from 69.9 to 68.7 percent. Although one …
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  • InsideTrack presents at Tableau Customer Conference on predictive models

    Eric Rynerson, Director of Analytics, at InsideTrack recently presented at the Tableau Customer Conference in Washington D.C. on the tremendous value predictive models can deliver if developed effectively and deployed carefully, but they can easily be undermined by everyday problems like missing data or changes in user behavior. Making matters worse, modern “ensemble” methods can …
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  • Rethinking Financial Aid’s Role in Student Retention

    The administration of federal student aid is a highly complex and bureaucratic job thanks to a great deal of program complexity and regulation. Financial aid offices are often overwhelmed with the tasks involved in that administrative process, with staff finding that little time for anything else remains at the end of the day. Unfortunately, simply …
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  • Colleges Make Slow Progress in Gauging Nontraditional Students’ Success

    By Libby Sander More colleges are keeping track of retention and graduation rates for nontraditional students and are trying to understand the factors that often prevent those students from earning a degree, according to a new report. The findings, slated to be published on Wednesday, are based on a survey of 75 public and private …
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