Analytics is one driving factor to student success at MSU

July 25, 2017 by

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

Educational institutions are nothing without the community of scholars they serve. I take that very seriously in my position as CIO for MSU because information and the way we use information has changed dramatically over the past 30 years.

Technology innovations have allowed researchers and students to depend on data and analytics. MSU and MSU IT are taking this data-driven approach and applying it to student success.

Spartan grpahic representing data and graduationWe want all of our Spartans to succeed in obtaining a degree that will help them reach their future goals. We know that there are patterns and trends that can help advisors guide students more holistically in students’ academic pursuits. However, advisors cannot glean any insights unless they have tools available that identify and highlight areas critical to success.

That is where the Student Success Dashboard comes into play. Advisors now have access to this powerful platform that enables innovative, proactive advising processes. This enhances advisors ability to support students and help them make proactive, data-driven decisions about their academic path.

While data is important in making decisions about instructional practices and intervention strategies, so too are the personal experiences, intuition, and teaching philosophies of our educators. Advisors can consider the relevance of predictive analytics data prior to meeting a student, consider that in context of other factors, and use their professional judgement on how to advise a student. As facilitators of a multifaceted technology adoption, we made sure include a variety of disciplines on this initiative. Historians, physicians, and others are contributing to MSU’s student success initiative.

Equipping advisors with the best data and technology we have available is one way MSU IT is supporting the academic mission of our institution. We know that we must continue to look for ways to use our computing power to drive student success.

The analytics also helped guide MSU with the new Go Green, Go 15 initiative aimed at helping undergraduate students matriculate from MSU within four years. Without a data rich environment, we could not launch new initiatives and reach the graduation goals we set forth.

As we continue to make progress on the MSU Data Center, and the data-silo busting Student Data Hub, we continue to look for other ways to use and analyze data to enrich and enable the student experience. How do you think #TeamMSUIT can continue to leverage data to support student success? Reach out on Twitter and let me know what you think!

Go Green!



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