Institutional research (IR) experts can offer a wealth of knowledge to many campus departments, such as assessment. Utilization of dashboard techniques is a good way to improve the quality of university information that is available to support assessment research and do so in an efficient way. Institutional research at Wayne State University implemented a Graduation and Retention Tracking dashboard to assist in improving graduation rates of its students facing challenges from academic and financial holds and saw a significant increase in its graduation rate from a low of 26% to 47%. Strong communication and collaboration is needed to develop a dashboard that meets university requirements while also helping to answer important questions related to assessment projects. These collaborations resulted in cooperation across campus lines essential to important progress toward cross-cutting issues of retention and graduation.
Byrd, Mark A.; Woodward, Laura S.; Yan, Song; and Simon, Naida
"Analytical Collaboration for Student Graduation Success: Relevance of Analytics to Student Success in Higher Education,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 30:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol30/iss4/5