“Professors don’t want their students to fail. If analytics and predictive modeling can help give our instructors back one more hour a week that they can devote to helping more students succeed, then I’d say we’ve done our job.” – Dr. Kenneth Berchenbriter, Systems Analyst, Oral Roberts University
One of the first things you notice about Oral Roberts University (ORU) is the institution’s dedication to improving the student experience. The university is always looking for innovative ways to increase the student’s opportunity for success. In particular, ORU is breaking new ground with its application of learning data and analytics to bolster student retention.
Michael Mathews, CIO at Oral Roberts University, talked to us about the importance of student retention to the institution. He explained, “first, there’s the issue of lost revenue. Then there’s the issue of lost credibility, which starts to impact the institution’s ability to recruit. As costs rise, institutions that cannot keep their population high enough will shut down. That’s why the focus on retention is so great.”
With a clear view of the challenge, ORU needed the
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