A Story of Transformational Change and What We Can Learn From It (Plenary)

Through the innovative use of data and analytics, Georgia State University has boosted graduation rates by 22 percentage points in the last 10 years, even while its population of Pell and underrepresented students has more than doubled. Through creative financial aid interventions, intrusive advising based on predictive analytics, structured pathways, and a series of other large-scale initiatives, Georgia State has eliminated all significant achievement gaps among its students. In fact, Pell students (52.5 percent), African American (57.4 percent), and Hispanic students (66.4 percent) now graduate at higher rates than the overall student body, and the university confers more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other U.S. university.





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