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How to Leverage Bridge for Student Success

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By Alex Ziko, Data Analyst

Data is a ubiquitous resource on every college campus. Knowing efficient ways to leverage that resource for your student success efforts can bridge the gap between a student staying on for their next term or leaving the college forever.

Every college and university is different; no two student-success systems are the same. However, every data-driven student success model is predicated on one core function: getting the right data to the right people at the right time. It sounds simple. But depending on how your institution stores all that student information, it can be anything but simple to access.

Often, a small sliver of data doesn’t tell the complete story.

Or, when information is requested, there isn’t enough time to capture and deploy the right student-success measures to make an impact.

Timing and delivery of meaningful information are the first steps in deploying an effective student-success strategy.

Among the most important (and basic) variables for measuring student success are course and test grades. Depending on your Learning Management System and the process that student advisors use when meeting with their students, this system can be fraught with information gaps.

Sometimes course grades are in multiple areas, and the advisor spends too much time tracking down and collating them. In other cases, the faculty person is also the academic advisor, and only has access to the grades of courses they teach, leaving students to self-report most of their grades.

Data access doesn’t have to be this way.

Software tools like those in Rapid Insight’s Bridge can aid faculty and staff in grouping together all the data points needed for informed decision-making and strategic deployment of student success measures.

Collecting all the relevant data that make up the most valuable variables of a student’s success and generating customized dashboards—that’s exactly what Jessi Rogers, Assessment Data Specialist/Director of Curriculum Mapping at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), has been doing.

Because of Rogers’ work, advisors at LMU know all the key metrics of student performance. This includes organizing the complex litany of exam requirements for each medical student throughout their residency. Thanks to Jessi’s efforts on campus, all advisors now can see how each student is performing in their high-stress pursuits of higher education.

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