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Analytics in Support of Student Retention and Success

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Higher education is facing a variety of conflicting challenges. National and state competitiveness depend on a citizenry with postsecondary education. Large segments of the population traditionally have not had equal access to higher education, and this is particularly true for minorities and the economically disadvantaged, two groups that also suffer disproportionally from another of higher education’s challenges—students coming to higher education without adequate preparation. This bulletin describes an analytics system that Bowie State University (BSU) has implemented and is enhancing in order to improve the retention and success of at-risk students. While BSU has a substantial population of such students, the approaches taken are broadly applicable since many institutions have students in this category.

Citation for this Work: Fabio Chacon, Donald Spicer, and Al Valbuena. “Analytics in Support of Student Retention and Success” (Research Bulletin 3, 2012). Louisville, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2012, available from

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