To cultivate an environment where learners can thrive, institutions require innovative technology that will help create the conditions needed for them to succeed. The question I know you are probably asking yourself is—where do I start?
Are there easy wins for student success? Do simple and practical strategies exist to identify at-risk learners and help them stay on a successful path to graduation? At Greenville College, we think so — and it’s not as hard as you might think!
Focused on a way to use historical and current learning data to help identify which students are potentially at risk for dropping out, withdrawing, or failing altogether, Greenville College is using predictive analytics technology to dive deep into key achievement, engagement and completion data to get a new perspective of our learners’ progress and success. Our institution wanted a way to use our existing data to help us identify those students who might be struggling, much earlier in the year and more effectively than traditional methods had provided us.
As a Christian liberal arts college, we are committed to transforming lives and we want to do whatever we can to help each student be successful in his or her courses, stay in their program, and complete their degree. So, in the Fall of 2013, we began using the Desire2Learn Insights™ and Student Success System™ solutions to tap into our learning environment data and understand what was possible for predicting our students’ success.
While it is still early days for Greenville College with this pioneering technology, the promise of predictive analytics to deliver earlier indicators of academic struggle than traditional methods is driving new opportunities for our faculty to understand the engagement, performance, and achievement of our learners. By recognizing students’ potential for success or failure early in a course, Instructors, Advisors, and other college support staff at Greenville Collage are given the precious gift of time—time to reach out and help struggling students find their way and improve their chances for success.
We are very excited to be a first adopter of the Desire2Learn Insights and Student Success System predictive analytics technology and we hope to share more of our story as it unfolds over the coming semesters.