Though the report also lists indicators, predictors and other factors of success in early childhood, elementary school, middle grades, and high school, eCampus News will focus specifically on those listed for postsecondary and beyond:

1. Completion of mathematics and English gateway courses and career exploration courses

2. 15 credits per quarter

3. Attended experience and orientation program

4. GPA of 3.0 or higher

5. Immediate enrollment after high school graduation

6. Working less than 15 hours per week

7. Participation in extracurricular activities

8. High educational expectations for self

9. Enrollment in a baccalaureate transfer program

10. Vocational intent

Based on the review of the research, AIR also developed a list of recommendations for consideration when using postsecondary success indicators:

  • Continue building comprehensive, user-friendly state, district, and campus data systems that allow data linkages across prekindergarten to workforce in order to identify indicators for readiness and success.
  • Create measures that correlate with postsecondary success and other proximal outcomes, and test the measures with multiple cohorts of students who have moved or are moving through your system. Examine potential differences, by student subgroups, to make sure the measures work for all students, and adjust as necessary if there are subgroup differences.
  • Integrate measures of readiness and success into your data systems, and use these measures and data systems to identify and intervene with struggling students and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and school reform initiatives.

For more detailed analysis, as well as how the research was conducted, read the full report here.


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