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ZogoTech + Achieving the Dream: 3 Case Studies

In working with 50 community colleges over ten years, we’ve had the opportunity to partner with a number of Achieving the Dream institutions. In many ways, it’s an obvious pairing — becoming a data-driven college and creating a culture of evidence rely on the ability to give end users access to comprehensive data on students, ...

Odessa College: Doubled Graduation Rates, Aspen Rising Star

Creating a culture of evidence at Odessa College (OC) was the result of deliberate change within the institution. “Our president and board of trustees made a conscious decision to become more data driven,” says Don Wood, PhD, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness. “And it was that decision that led, first and foremost, to the relationship between ...

References for Best Practices in Dashboard Design

At this year’s TAIR conference in Gaveston, TX we’ll be talking about best practices in dashboard design for community colleges. In developing our own dashboards and scorecards, we’ve consulted with experts in the field and familiarized ourselves with the existing literature on the topic. If you’re at the conference, stop by the presentation to hear ...

Brazosport College named among Top 10 Community Colleges

Brazosport College, located in Lake Jackson, TX, has been named a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s prestigious Aspen Prize. Recognized along with nine other community colleges, BC has been using ZogoTech solutions to integrate data into everyday decision making. ZogoTech, a leading provider of data warehousing and business intelligence solutions for higher education, has worked ...

How do you decide?

Whether in our personal or professional lives, there is a drive to choose the correct course of action. Everyone wants to make good decisions, but the path to those decisions is difficult to navigate. After decisions are made, measuring their success can be equally complex. New studies and insights from psychologists, behavioral economists, neuroscientists, and ...

Implementing the Best Practices in Dashboard Design

The visual display of information is meant to enhance our understanding of reality, to present facts so that we can complete a picture or answer a question. Often times however, such displays can be more misleading than informative. 3D funnels like the image below encapsulate this problem. Without looking at the numbers, take a minute ...

Southwest Texas Junior College: Proactive Intervention

Southwest Texas Junior College needed to institute a multi-campus campaign to identify at-risk students in order to proactively contact them through email, traditional mail, and phone. They also wanted to measure the results to see how effective the campaign was at ensuring the ongoing success of these students. SWTJC found it difficult to manage retention ...

McLennan Community College: Taking Risks with Data

McLennan Community College had a hunch. While enrollment of online courses had almost doubled in two years, the attrition rate was 10 to 15 percent higher than face-to-face courses. The administrators were ready to invest significant dollars for an intervention program that would slow the online attrition rate. While MCC was used to making decisions ...

Bunker Hill Community College: Creating a Culture of Evidence

  Nationally, about half of students who enroll in two-year colleges drop out before their second year. Recently, community-colleges, along with leadership at the state and federal level, have acknowledged that such trends must be reversed. As the largest community college in Massachusetts, serving more than 13,600 students and spanning a 42-acre flagship campus in ...