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Analytics in Higher Education

Note from the editor

College officials are analyzing a range of data to help their campuses adapt to the pandemic. 

Schools are deploying apps that show where people are coming and going to track the spread of the virus. And officials are examining how students fared with online learning during the spring term to determine how to improve instruction going forward.

These newer applications for data and analytics on campus come amid a broader push to better quantify student performance. Before the pandemic hit, colleges were using analytics to spot students who were struggling and guide them to institutional resources. Such initiatives could also show where instructional efforts were falling short.

As colleges and universities approach the looming demographic cliff in undergraduate enrollment weakened by the effects of the pandemic, these tools and processes will be all the more important to student retention and success.

You can learn more about new and ongoing trends in analytics in the stories below.

Hallie Busta Senior Editor, Higher Ed

Report shows colleges using spring data for decision-making

Educause officials hope the increased interest will make use of student success information standard.

Colleges look to apps that screen for virus symptoms and trace contacts

But privacy concerns are causing some schools to reconsider their options for tracking and preventing the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

Enrollment woes could push colleges to use AI and data analytics: report

Educause's annual look at the use of new technologies in higher education shows how institutions are adopting the tools to attract and retain students.

A nudge and a discount helped bring students back to college, study finds

Stopped-out students were 21% more likely to reenroll in community college if they received text message alerts and a one-course tuition waiver.

How 11 universities are using their 'collective scale' to solve higher ed's problems

Bridget Burns, the University Innovation Alliance's executive director, explains how the group is finding common ground and what other schools can learn.

Leveraging Analytics in Higher Education

As colleges and universities approach the looming demographic cliff in undergraduate enrollment weakened by the effects of the pandemic, newer applications for data and analytics will be all the more crucial for student retention and success.

included in this trendline
  • How higher ed institutions are deploying apps to track spread of the virus
  • Analysis of how students fared with online learning to determine improvements with instruction
  • Why utilizing AI and data analytics can help campuses adapt to the new normal amid a pandemic
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.