Marist College is a medium-sized school with a Big Data promise – to help all students graduate. The liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, is taking a data-driven approach to education by utilizing big data and predictive analytics to tackle the degree completion crisis that’s trending in higher education across America. As of January 2014, the percentage of full-time students at four-year institutions who complete a bachelor’s degree in four years is only 37.9%, and the completion rate after six years is only 58.3%. By deploying Pentaho Business Analytics, Marist College has developed a completely open-source “academic early alert” system for identifying students at the start of a course who are at risk to not complete it and then deploying interventions to help those students succeed.
Based on a predictive model, the goal of the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) was to create an open model for academic success that all institutions can use, customize and build upon through open-source community collaboration.
Marist hopes this initiative will help advance our general understanding of technology-mediated intervention strategies, and through the leadership of Bill Thirsk, Vice President of IT/CIO at Marist College, the program is already proving beneficial – Marist College’s OAAI can determine at the 75-79% accuracy range how well a student is going to perform in a course within two weeks!
Learn more about how with Pentaho’s solution at Marist College is positively impacting the world of higher education.
- Read the press release, Marist College Identifies at Risks Students with Predictive Analytics, Increases Degree Completion Rates
- Check out their feature article in WSJ! (Subscription required) Big Data Helps Marist College Predict, Prevent Poor Student Performance
- Congratulate them for winning a Honorable Mention for the 2014 Pentaho Excellence Awards in the Platform Innovation category.