Project
Impact of Student Success in Core Curriculum on Fall-to-Fall Persistence Rate
Description
Our project will provide data to support the 2023-2033 strategic plan goal to promote evidence-based student success interventions by creating a scorecard to provide disaggregated data on student success.
Advising Focus
4-Year Institution
PWI
Texas
Theresa Hefner-Babb
Assistant Provost/SACSCOC Liaison
Jarrod Rossi
Director, Institutional Effectiveness
Evidence

Our research question is – How does First Generation success in core courses impact the Fall-to-Fall persistence rate. Quantitative methods will be used due to the timing of the project. We will evaluate historical data and data from the current academic year. Data will be collected from the last five years to get a baseline of the First Generation students versus the overall population.

Goal

Our project will provide data to support the 2023-2033 strategic plan goal to promote evidence-based student success interventions by creating a student success scorecard (dashboards) to provide disaggregated data on student success, retention, institutional receptivity and excellence in all academic programs. Due to time limitations, we are focusing on the core courses with the highest QDF rates. Our project will investigate the data related to students in these courses to determine if equity gaps exist. With this information we can learn how the university, college, and the academic department can impact the success of students in core courses and reduce equity gaps.

Lessons Learned

We need to clarify our language with regards to equity, determine what data we want to collect and how we want to better serve our students. We have our baseline data for the project which indicates equity gaps for First Generation students with the highest percentages for Black students. The data gathered coincides with the makeup of the student population. Another area to examine more closely is the success rate of students taking core courses on campus versus 100% online.