I wanted to share two things about analytics as it relates to the Educause community. First, Dr. John Whitmer and I presented a session at the Educause ELI conference this past week. Both John and I feel strongly that "black boxes" aren't a good way to promote community in higher ed analytics. Given the opportunity, we like to share all of the gory details. Our session at ELI was called "I'm Just a Bill: The Data Science Version ". Yes, it's a litlte U.S. centric and a little Gen X centric...sorry for discriminating. :-|
I'm attaching the slide deck we used. If anyone wants a personalized walkthrough or even a presentation to folks at your institution, all you've got to do is ask.
Secondly, I worked with a couple of colleagues to create a channel where folks who have implemented analytics initiatives that promote student success can share what they've done. Educause was nice enough to host this as a group with a listserv. Here's the link: Student Success Analytics Constituent Group | EDUCAUSE
Feel free to sign up if it interests you. Our first function is to create a list/manifest of these kinds of initiatives so that there's a shared resource out there.
As always, feel free to ping me with questions. Thanks!