Saturday, June 25, 2016

Relentless data tracking key to MTSU's success - Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Middle Tennessee State University’s vice provost for student success brings an uncommon perspective to his job, but it is one that is increasingly recognized as having value. Rick Sluder joined the administrative team at MTSU after four years in enrollment management, where it was his job to track application and matriculation data obsessively. The first thing he did when he got to Middle Tennessee State was to set up a data system that would give the university the power to track performance and do so on a weekly basis. When he hears how other schools approach retention or completion initiatives — measuring progress once per year or less — he says he has to chuckle. “The places that are doing retention work the best are doing it the most,” Sluder said.

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