New report finds the keys to student success in mountains of data

success-postsecondary According to a new report, the mountains of data collected by institutions is staggering, but focused correctly, predictors and indicators of postsecondary success can be seen—making available new insights for college recruiters, educators and advisors as to what factors constitutes a student likely to graduate.

The report, “Predictors of Postsecondary Success,” conducted by the College & Career Readiness & Success Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) reviewed more than 80 research studies and summarized and sorted information on student success based on indicators, predictors, and other potential factors.

By summarizing early childhood through early postsecondary education research, AIR hopes to identify student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success.

“Through this information, policymakers and practitioners can begin to inform the development and validation of factors to identify students who are not on a path to postsecondary success as early as prekindergarten and as late as their senior year of high school,” states AIR. “These factors can inform practice and can be integrated into a longitudinal tracking mechanism.”

Though the report is meant to be more helpful suggestion than hard rule, AIR believes the information provided in the report offers a starting point to develop and test contextually and reliable factors that measure progression toward postsecondary success along education spectrum.

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