By The Center for Student Analytics | September 1, 2017

AIS Hosts Analytics Workshop

Faculty and administrators get a first-hand look at analytics
- The Center for Student Analytics


Academic & Instructional Services (AIS) hosted an analytics workshop to introduce faculty and administrators to the USU Analytics Initiative, discuss the tools USU has access to, and share progress and recent successes.

The USU Analytics Initiative’s main purpose is to help the university community work together in using new analytics tools to leverage multiple, versatile solutions for student success. New to the university’s suite of analytics tools is the ability to predict whether a student will persist on to the next term. These insights catalyze new approaches for advising and retention. The new tools help sift through and make sense of USU’s abundance of data in ways that bring positive outcomes.

“We really are lucky to be a part of a university that is forward-thinking and constantly looking for ways to improve,” said Heidi Kesler, director of student retention. “Up to this point, trying to find solutions to more complex problems has been like finding a needle in a haystack. With these new data-analytics tools, we can more easily find the solutions we are looking for.

Analytics Learning Circles were announced at the workshop and will be part of the on-going effort to ensure faculty and administrators are getting the support they need to understand and incorporate these new analytics tools. Some of the circles include Enrollment and Retention, chaired by Heidi Kesler; Academic Advising, chaired by Janet Anderson, vice provost; and Program Evaluation, chaired by John Louveire, executive director of AIS. There will be eight Analytics Learning Circles meeting regularly throughout the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in learning more or joining one of the learning circles, visit

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