Students have a greater choice than ever of where they attend University and how much that might cost them to attend through course fees, so they are becoming discerning consumers. Increasingly they are looking at everything from the campus facilities and IT through to links with partners, companies and the likelihood of them securing employment post-graduation, before they select their preferred Institution.
As a consequence student attainment, retention and progression have never been more important issues for Universities as they strive to impress students and remain competitive.
Learning analytics has been clearly identified by industry specialists such as Gartner as a way for institutions to improve these measures and one such University embracing a learning analytics solution is University of the West Scotland (UWS).
DETERMINING STUDENT SUCCESS FACTORS
As part of a major transformation UWS chose StREAM to measure usage of campus resources and systems and understand really which factors are affecting student success so it can appropriately plan its IT transformation before they provision services, all geared towards its strategy of “dreaming, believing, achieving”.
Delivered as both a desktop and mobile app, StREAM allows UWS’s students to understand how they are engaging with their University across an array of physical and virtual campus resources and systems. Success metrics have been correlated with activity data to determine what ‘good’ looks like which not only allows the student to take more control of their learning, but also enables Tutors to more effectively guide and help students by intervening when a student might deviate from tested pathways.
So why did the University choose StREAM by Solutionpath when there are other solutions available?
Jim O’Donnell, CIO at UWS comments,
“Solutionpath were able to offer us a production ready system, which gives a rapid time to insight and in turn this will help us work more effectively with the data around Students engagement. The system gives us real-time data which allows for real time action."
StREAM by Solutionpath is an award winning toolset, developed in sector with other higher education partners that supports decision making, enabling higher education institutions to maximise their resources. Through reliable data analysis risks and opportunities are identified before they happen. It comprises a number of modules covering Risk & Retention, Progression & Attainment, Attendance Monitoring & CPD and UK VI Compliance and Management.