News & Updates
Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics Data Scientist, Adam Lindstrom, presented his poster "Psychosocial Scales as Operational Predictors of Academic Success" at the 2017 Association for Institutional Research Forum, annually attended by thousands of institutional research professionals from around the world. This research explores the use of survey questions adapted from educational psychology research to predict the behavior of the University of Kentucky’s first-year undergraduates. Well done, Adam!
On April 4, Craig Rudick, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Lead Data Scientist, and Todd Brann, Director of Analytics, Assessment and Decision Support for the Office of Academic Excellence, gave a presentation to the Kentucky Student Success Summit outlining the new UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (LEADS) initiative.
Over the next several years, under this initiative, the university will begin to award more of its institutional aid based on financial need. This new strategy has been previously featured in national publications, including Inside Higher Ed. Much of the quantitative research that underpins this initiative, showing the high impact of unmet financial need on student success, has been conducted by the Institutional Research Data Science team, and the ongoing data and analyses supplied by the Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics team are a critical element of the implementation strategy.