WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Brings the Power of Big Data to Online Learning

Partners from 16 U.S. Higher Education institutions will come together to share practices, intervention strategies and anonymized records from more than 1 million students to look for patterns that predict success

WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, announced today that WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, has been awarded a $2,557,920 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to validate and extend their ground-breaking work exploring effective uses of big data predictive analytics to improve opportunity and success for low-income and first-generation students. ThePredictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework helps predict risks to student retention and progress toward degree completion, and allows institutions to remove obstacles to student success and demonstrably improve rates of student retention. The goal of the newly funded research is to validate and extend the PAR Framework data model, data definitions and research and analysis protocols developed by PAR Framework partners during the successful PAR Framework proof of concept demonstration in early 2012. These implementation efforts will offer institutions easy to understand resources, including reports, dashboards and decision-support tools, to anticipate threats to student achievement, and remove barriers to student success before they become problems.

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