Student Success Impact Results

Measuring the Impact That College Scheduler’s Schedule Planner Has on Student Success
METHODOLOGY

Utilizing insights from Illume®, Civitas Learning’s data scientists analyzed the impact that College Scheduler had on credit hours, term over term persistence, and graduation rates.  By performing prediction-based propensity score matching, they were able to compare students that were statistically indistinguishable from one another with the exception of their use of Schedule Planner. The data was pulled from nearly 40,000 pairs of students attending both 2 and 4 year institutions. This process removed any selection bias and ensured all results were statistically significant.

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AVERAGE 3.25 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE IN PERSISTENCE

Balancing learning with life’s responsibilities can be a challenge. Having a class schedule that fits around obligations, like work or family,  can contribute to a student’s ability to persist.  Impact analysis at two universities and two community colleges showed students using Schedule Planner saw an average overall lift in persistence of 3.25 percentage points. Results were even stronger for new students who saw a persistence increase of 4.95 %pp!

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UP TO A 3.5 PERCENTAGE POINT IMPROVEMENT IN GRADUATION RATES

When exploring Schedule Planner’s impact on graduation rates, the results were even more exciting. Graduation rates improved by an average of 2.73 percentage points. The impact on graduation rates rose to 3.51 percentage points for students who used Schedule Planner 3 or more terms. This substantial impact supports the claim that a streamlined registration process that easily produces customized schedules  has a positive effect on degree completion.

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AVERAGE INCREASE OF 1.3 ADDITIONAL CREDIT HOURS PER TERM

Higher education has begun to acknowledge that time can be the enemy of degree completion and stakeholders are alarmed that degrees are taking up to 6 years to complete. Students enrolling in additional credit hours supports persistence and  on-time graduation. The study diligently compared student data  and found that students using College Scheduler took an average of 1.3  additional credit hours per term.