The COMPASS (Comprehensive Analytics for Student Success) project is a cross-functional initiative focused on undergraduate student success. The project draws on staff within the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Office of Information Technology in strong partnership with the directors of undergraduate academic advising in each school, as well as academic administrators throughout the University.
This multi-part project focuses on bringing relevant student data to campus advisors, faculty, and administrators with the goal of providing actionable information to improve undergraduate student outcomes.
COMPASS is focused on building a set of Cognos reports for academic advisors that will allow for greater flexibility in student data retrieval and analysis, leading to faster turn around on key student support actions including intervention and outreach. Reports are also provided for faculty and academic administrators.
As we expand, COMPASS will delve into exploratory data analysis to maximize our insights into student data and reveal areas for potential increased reporting on risk factors, recommended changes to curriculum, and improved academic support resources.
Analytics can be a nebulous idea. The various audiences, data sources, applications, and questions to be answered make a project of this complexity hard to define.
Over the summer of 2016, in an effort to determine a grounded strategy for analytics at UC Irvine, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and the Chief Information Officer requested that a review of opportunities and challenges be assessed and reported upon.
While engaging in this analysis, it has became apparent that some low-hanging fruit exist that can be acted upon in the near term. These are represented by the undergraduate academic advisor reports listed above, focused on providing undergraduate student data to advisors in formats that they previously did not have available.
The descriptive analytics project represents the first of many efforts to be recommended as possibilities to improve student outcomes and support student success. Other projects will focus on faculty, curriculum planners, and students themselves.
Compass is a cross-functional project with leadership provided by:
- Ryan Cherland, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institutional Research & Decision Support
- Kian Colestock, Interim Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor
- Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
- Judith Stepan-Norris, Vice Provost for Academic Planning
The project team leading analysis and development includes:
- Josh Saldana, Principal Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research
- Ray Vadnais, Senior User Experience Architect, Office of Information Technology
- Durendal van Huynh, Programmer/Analyst, Business Intelligence, Office of Information Technology
- Briandy Walden, Associate Director, Office of Information Technology