Nothing unites a campus like course registration. If this little-known slogan sounds unfamiliar to you, it could be because (A) I just made it up and (B) there’s an opportunity for you and your colleagues to put student scheduling under the microscope.
Moving the needle on retention and graduation is not reliant upon any one single factor. Why do students leave? What barriers delay student progress to degree? I’m sure at least a handful of scenarios are playing through a cringe-worthy reel in your mind. The good news is, tackling retention with an all-hands-on-deck holistic approach can be fruitful, especially when deployed with an advanced analytics solution.
For this example, we will consider course registration, a recurring process that can provide valuable insight into identifying students at-risk. Whether you are an administrator, an advisor, or in a professional staff role, educating yourself on the process and understanding student data specific to your institution will help launch timely outreach and support.
Begin by asking the right questions:
Understanding the process can help to identify the data points necessary to track student progress. Othot, for example, can predict a student’s likelihood to retain or graduate based on what we know to be true about your students historically. Optimizing an advanced analytics solution can not only identify barriers but point you in the direction of those students most susceptible to them.
Some risk indicators specific to registration that can be relatively easy to access are:
Additional risk indicators can be identified specific to an undergraduate student cohort. Some examples are:
While the majority of our students successfully register semester after semester, the process can still be overwhelming. If unmonitored, small missteps can result in lengthened time-to-degree, higher net cost, and a decline in likelihood to retain and persist.
Numerous individuals at your institution may have the answers to the questions above, but cultivating a holistic student support culture can be a major challenge without an advanced analytics solution.
Consider a third-year student in good academic standing. They have been consistently retained semester after semester and do not have any immediate red flags, such as failed courses.
However, a closer look at their registration pattern indicates that they consistently have holds on their account preventing them from registering on time.
The inability to resolve their holds has made it increasingly more difficult to enroll in the courses they need for their degree, and although they are registered full-time, they are completing credits at a rate that will delay their intended four-year graduation.
Additional credits can equate to additional semesters and additional dollars.
Advanced analytics give administrators the power to identify risk factors before they become exacerbated.
You already have the student data necessary to impact individuals and improve student success on your campus. The examples provided here were specific to student registration, but imagine what other unknown barriers could be contributing to attrition.
Let your data tell the story.
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