University System of Maryland Adopts PAR Framework

System institutions take on groundbreaking student-success intervention measurement initiative, accelerating higher-education persistence and completion efforts.

The University System of Maryland (USM) is adopting the PAR Framework as part of a system-wide effort to optimize investments aimed at improving student success. All USM institutions will adopt the PAR Framework Student Success Matrix (SSMx) to inventory, categorize, and explore the returns on investment for student success programs deployed at each institution. The intervention measurement focus of this initiative targets innovative student supports and interventions used by institutions with their students. The USM will look for unique “points of fit” between students and interventions for achieving essential academic outcomes. This effort will also look for points in the academic life cycle where interventions are most likely to drive student success, giving academic advisors an opportunity to impact struggling students at optimal points and times of need.

The USM office and four of its institutions will also become members of PAR Framework’s predictive analyses and benchmarking collaborative, building upon the successful deployment of the PAR Framework at the University of Maryland University College, an active member since 2012. New institutional members include: Coppin State University; Frostburg State University; Bowie State University; and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. They will be using PAR predictive analyses to identify students at risk followed by the SSMx to prescribe the most appropriate interventions.

“The University System of Maryland continues its active commitment to improving graduation rates in Maryland to a completion goal of 55 percent,” said USM ChancellorRobert L. Caret. “We want our citizens to be well prepared and in a strong position to contribute to Maryland’s bright future, and having PAR as a common vehicle for intervention measurement across our system will help us stay focused on student success–getting more students through the pipeline and getting them through more quickly.”

“The era of ’boutique analytics’ is over,” noted PAR Framework’s CEO Beth Davis. “We created PAR’s predictive models and outcomes-oriented national benchmarks to find insights we could not find using traditional research methods. One of our most important findings to date is that the significance of intervention measurement cannot be overstated,” added Davis. “We are energized by this opportunity to engage with our USM partners to accelerate this very important conversation.”

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