Capella University Joins WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework to Harness the Power of Big Data

The online university and the other PAR Framework partner institutions are committed to raising the quality bar on student success and online learning excellence

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Capella University (, an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs, has joined WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework, a ground-breaking project exploring effective uses of big data predictive analytics to improve student success. A snapshot of Capella and what makes it unique is available through the university’s infographic. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found

“With 16 participating institutions and over 1 million anonymized student records in the shared data set, it will be possible for the PAR Framework to pursue our goal of identifying trends that contribute to student success, program momentum, and online course completion”

The PAR Framework uses pattern strategy to predict risks to student retention, and allows institutions to proactively ensure that barriers are removed and retention problems reduced. The goal of this 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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