Center for Student Analytics

Analytics provide us with an opportunity to catalyze institutional effectiveness, but only when we resist the tendency to believe technology can replace the need for human ingenuity.

A service entity at Utah State University providing professional empowerment and opportunities for enhanced data literacy to other administrative units on campus.

Our Mission

The core tenets of our mission focus three premises about why analytics are essential in higher education:

  1. Analytics enhance professional capacities and highlight professional competency by making an institution’s data more accessible and actionable through robust modeling and dynamic visualizations.
  2. When used appropriately and with proper training, analytics are an invaluable resource for informed, professional decision making and enhanced deployment of curriculum and student services.
  3. Analytics are most effective when used to increase human collaboration and a greater sense of efficacy as professionals empower student thriving through increased learning, discovery, and engagement.

To these ends, the Center for Student Analytics is committed to the following activities:

  1. Data Collection & Access
  2. Data Science & Modeling
  3. Data Visualization & Workflows
  4. Socialization of Analytics Tools
  5. Empowerment of Human Action
  6. Advocacy & Innovation

The overarching goal of our work is to pursue and facilitate institutional effectiveness.

Student Insights Report

Student Insights Report

For the past four years, the staff of the Center for Student Analytics have worked to discover and expose meaningful, data-informed insights into what helps students succeed at Utah State University. The report highlights 20 of the most useful insights we found provided here in small sets that will be useful to students, faculty, staff, university leadership, parents, and even prospective students.

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Center Topics

What is Analytics

Analytics is more than just big data. Analytics create a feedback loop of data to help institutions of higher education determine if their approach to facilitating student success is paying off.

Events & Webinars

The Lifecycle of Sustainable Analytics: From Data Collection to Change Management

Sustainable Analytics: Empowering Professionalism through Data Therapy

Other Media

Our Analytics Services

For Faculty

Instructional development and curriculum design

For Staff

Program evaluation and performance metrics

For Administrators

Student retention and institutional effectiveness

Curriculum & Instruction Analytics Tools

Faculty
Mitchell Colver

Faculty have access to an analytics tool called Illume Courses that reveals meaningful associations between student performance in certain courses and graduation liklihood. By identifying student behaviors associated with higher graduation rates, this tool helps faculty support student success through enhanced pedagogical practice.

Academic Advising Analytics

Staff
Mitchell Colver

Academic Advisors have access to a tool called Inspire for Advisors that facilitates targeted outreach to students for whom our contact has the greatest potential for impact. Utilizing this tool has been associated with dramatic increases in student persistence from term to term.

Canvalytics

Faculty
Meghan Lewis

Canvalytics is an analytics tool that is still in development. More information will be published soon.

Retention-Oriented Analytics Tools

Administrators
Mitchell Colver

Department heads and other university administrators have access to an analytics tool called Illume Students that reveals insights into how student performance across numerous variables associates with student persistence toward graduation. Using this tool, administrators can identify key areas for targeted changes to policy and practice to drive institutional effectiveness.

Program Evaluation Services

Staff
Administrators
Amanda Hagman

Program administrators have access to a team of program evaluation specialists to assist in the process of assessing the impact of programs and services on student well being. This process uses a multi-part, collaborative consultation to generate an executive summary containing insights into how co-curricular programs and services associate with meaningful changes in student well-being.

Curriculum Diagnostic

Administrators
Mitchell Colver

Academic departments have access to a tool called Curricular Analytics that diagnoses unnecessarily complex degree pathways. By working to eliminate unnecessary pre-requisite/co-requisite relationships, administrators can clear the path toward increased student completion.

Our Team

Dr. Mitchell Colver

Dr. Mitchell Colver

Manager & Senior Data Analyst
mitchell.colver@usu.edu
(435) 797-0623

Brayden Ross

Brayden Ross

Data Scientist
brayden.ross@usu.edu
(435) 797-0803

Meghan Lewis

Meghan Lewis

Programmer Analyst
meghan.lewis@usu.edu
(435) 797-5704

Chase Jensen

Chase Jensen

Undergraduate Research Assistant
chase.jensen@usu.edu

Erik Dickamore

Erik Dickamore

Undergraduate Research Assistant
erik.dickamore@usu.edu

Hayden Hoopes

Hayden Hoopes

Undergraduate Research Assistant
hayden.hoopes@usu.edu

Austin Keeler

Austin Keeler

Undergraduate Research Assistant
austin.keeler@usu.edu