The Takeaway Message
One question we regularly receive from our higher ed partners is how data and modeling are affected by the pandemic and whether using data and models is still possible.
The short answer is that despite changes in data and behavior due to the pandemic, data and models are still your best, and really only, bet in achieving your goals and obtaining your desired class (what would even be the alternative?).
While some adjustments have to be made, and one has to be careful to avoid certain types of bias, data can still be used to create models, make predictions, and gain insights.
Here are a few lessons learned about data and modeling during the pandemic for higher education.
Five Lessons Learned
Conclusion: Data and Modeling Are Still Valuable
While the pandemic caused some changes in student behavior and data collection, data and modeling are still extremely valuable in reaching your goals and obtaining your desired class. Looking back at what was discussed in Anomalies: Drivers of Progress, some adjustments had to be made, as discussed in the five points above, but no major overhauls were necessary.
We still have to listen very carefully to the stories the data and modeling tell us and make the best possible decision with all the available information.