The University System of Maryland Standardizes Data Collection to Improve Retention and Graduation Rates

Inside Higher Ed LogoIt’s All in the Data

“The University System of Maryland determined four years ago that it needed a unified strategy for improving student success through standardized data collection and analysis at its 12 campuses…

“We [needed] to understand … what does it mean when we put interventions into place?” said M.J. Bishop, director of the system’s center for academic innovation, during a panel at last week’s EDUCAUSE conference. “How do we know whether or not we’re making a difference when we put these interventions into place?”

What followed was a process of introspection and realignment that the system’s leaders believe has moved the campuses toward a level playing field: standardizing disparate definitions for student success data and identifying areas where students need more help than they’re getting, particularly in the classroom and before they arrive on campus for the first time.”

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