Student Success Analytics initiative

The Student Success Analytics (SSA) initiative will positively affect and support student success throughout the University of Minnesota by understanding and utilizing data and analytics. The goals of this initiative include:

  • Increase student retention and timely graduation
  • Improve curricular design, delivery, and transparency
  • Lower average student debt upon graduation
  • Enhance the student academic experience

Development Cycle

Development cycle for data and analytics toolsThe development cycle to create tools for data and analysis is complex. The Student Success Analytics initiative will: 

  • Identify a problem
  • Document requirements
  • Model
  • Pilot and test
  • Scale and deploy
  • Assess lessons learned

Development of some deliverables may continue after the initial deadline as additional opportunities and needs are identified. 

What is the Student Success Analytics initiative?

What is the Student Success Analytics initiative?

The Student Success Analytics initiative will continue to build on the progress of existing University best practices like degree-planning resources and dashboards for students and advisors (APAS, APLUS), promoting financial wellness, career bridging, risk segmentation, peer mentoring, and campus engagement.

The work will initially focus on undergraduate students; opportunities for the University's graduate and professional students are being assessed.

Estimated schedule

Project governance

Project governance

Executive sponsor: Bob McMaster, OUE

Business sponsor: Sue Van Voorhis, ASR

Project lead: John Vlk, Student Data and Analytics, ASR, OUE

Steering committee members:

  • Sue Van Voorhis, Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar, ASR, OUE
  • Peter Radcliffe, Director of Undergraduate Analytics, OUE
  • LeeAnn Melin, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Initiatives, OUE
  • Brian Krupski, Enterprise Data & Analytics Service Owner, OIT 
  • Linc Kallsen, Director, Institutional Analysis, OBF
  • Beth Lingren Clark, Associate Vice Provost of Strategic Enrollment Initiatives

Working groups

  • College leadership (Deans, Associate Deans, and Advisor Management/Student Services directors)
  • Advisors