American Public University System Extends Online Learning Collaboration with WCET for Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework

Ten Additional Higher Education Institutions to Share Expanded Data Pool of More than One Million Student Records and Best Practices in Shaping Learning Outcomes

Charles Town, WV, August 30, 2012 – American Public University System (APUS) today announced that it will continue its leadership role for expanded research under the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR) project, initiated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Funded by a new grant and supplemented by ten additional institutions, the consortium will validate and extend the successful, ground-breaking PAR work concluded in early 2012 by six schools exploring effective uses of “big data” predictive analytics to help improve student learning outcomes.

The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework helps predict risks to student retention and progression in their pursuit of a post-secondary degree or credential. The trends identified through the PAR Framework and shared through reports and risk profiles allow institutions to take steps to remove obstacles to student success and reduce problems with student retention. In his continuing role as principal investigator, APUS Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Phil Ice will oversee technical and analytical strategy for the program, which incorporates many of the best practices and award-winning predictive analytical methods for which he has been recognized by the Sloan Consortium.

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