Provoking Action Through Analytics and the Action Analytics Partnership A Gilfus Education Group Presentation Donald M. Norris, Ph.D. President Strategic Initiatives, Inc.
Why Action Analytics? • Need to reverse the decline in national competitiveness; • Promoting accountability, focusing on outcomes across PK-20, and linking learning and workforce development; • Improving learner access, affordability, and success; • Need to lift out of recession and rediscover financial sustainability for the new normal; and • Need to reimagine higher education, post recession.
What is the Action Analyticsin Education Partnership? • Capella University, the Shank Institute, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.; • First National Symposium in Action Analytics – September 2009; • Second National Symposium in Action Analytics; • Funding by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Capella University and MnSCU, cost sharing from Strategic Initiatives and edu1world; and • Establishment of Public Forum on Action Analytics and Action Analytics Community of Practice on edu1world
Action Analytics in Practice • Capella University - Predictive Modeling and Learning Outcome Management ; • Purdue University – Signals Project, Course Interventions; • Community Colleges adapting to 20-30% growth on level or declining resources; • Medical College of South Carolina – Research Productivity and Grants Management; • University of Maryland System – System-wide Efficiency Initiative, including selective course reinvention (NCAT); and; • State-level PK-20 longitudinal data initiatives, Race to the Top reinventions to win new resources.
What is our National Agenda on Action Analytics? • Develop new mindsets about accountability and effectiveness, a fresh vision for reimagining higher education for the new normal; and changing organizational culture and behaviors; • Advance the state analytics tools, practices, and skills; deploying Web 2.0 and social networking capabilities; • Craft effective policies for data sharing and comparison; student access, affordability and success; financial sustainability; and • Improve data quality, reliability, availability, and transparency, plus our capacity to share.
What is our National Agenda on Action Analytics? • Mind set • Tool set • Skill set • Practice set • Policy set • Culture set
What Are the First Elements ofour Action Analytics Initiative? • Public Forum on Action Analytics • “Go to” resource bring vendors and practitioners together • Previously unobtainable information on “who is doing what and with whom” and “what works” in context • Community of Practice on Action Analytics • Define what Action Analytics is in practice • Develop a vibrant community of practice • Repository of resources on “what works,” develop an “insight mart” • Observatory of new, emerging competences • Minnesota Analytics • Collaboration between Capella University, MnSCU, University of Minnesota and other institutions to share and cross-license practices • Model for state-level collaborations
Come Talk About Joining the Community of Practice • Agree to incrementally build a case study and keep it current • Engage in conversations to help identify best practice • Collaborate on new products and practices • Develop the community