Georgia State U. Made Its Graduation Rate Jump. How?
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
When it comes to predictive analytics, Georgia State University is arguably the leader of the pack. An army of advisers there tracks more than 800 risk factors daily, and innovations include in-class tutors, restructured gateway courses, and freshman learning communities. The public research university raised its six-year graduation rate from 32 percent in 2003 to more than 54 percent in 2017.
Even more impressive: Many of Georgia State's students come from groups with higher dropout rates nationally. Its population is 60 percent nonwhite and one-third first generation; 58 percent of students are on Pell Grants. And they all now graduate at the same rate as everyone else.
Timothy Renick, senior vice president for student success, offers insight into how his institution uses big data and analytics as a springboard into rethinking undergraduate education.