“The implementation of OpenBook [ZogoTech Analytics] has provided this assessment with the most accurate, detailed, and exhaustive view a student’s academic history.  [OpenBook] was a monumental tool in the analysis”

— Assessment committee faculty member

Case Study: Empowering Faculty with Data at a Large Community College District

At City Colleges of Chicago, ZogoTech Analytics (known internally in CCC as OpenBook) is used extensively throughout all 7 colleges. All 5,800 employees at CCC have access to the system. With the help of ZogoTech CCC has created a data democracy and received Campus Technology’s coveted Innovators award.  There are hundreds of active users every month and faculty are some of the most involved users.  Unlike most solutions which provide a few static reports with ability to modify a couple variables, ZogoTech is very open, allowing faculty to explore a wide variety of attributes related to their students.  ZogoTech Analytics includes a robust permissions framework governing what different types of users can see.

With ZogoTech Analytics faculty explore the data on their own and help drive assessment committees.  CCC even markets OpenBook (ZogoTech) to prospective faculty as a unique opportunity for faculty to do “personal research on past success & retention rates, longitudinal tracking, etc.”

Here are several examples of faculty-driven initiatives using OpenBook (ZogoTech):


Faculty-driven Assessment Committees

Assessment Committees at CCC are “interdisciplinary groups composed of faculty and administrators who collect, review, analyze, and disseminate data to maintain high standards for learning quality, and ultimately, to improve student learning.”    These committees, driven by faculty (with the help of IR) do research on their own and provide research assistance to other academic departments.   They use OpenBook as a primary source of data.

Objectives include:  “Empowering departments, chairs, and faculty members to develop their own research questions, pull relevant data from OpenBook (ZogoTech Analytics), and make informed decisions as a result.”


Natural Science Survey / Academic Performance

“The Harold Washington College Assessment Committee administered an assessment in the natural sciences in November 2015. This assessment was a newly developed tool to measure student learning, attitudes about the sciences, and how they correlate with academic history. This tool was deployed entirely electronically and cross-referenced with the City Colleges of Chicago web-based analytics and reporting platform, Openbook. The results of this assessment showed taking classes in the natural sciences both improved their performances on the assessment tool and positivity affected their attitudes about the natural sciences”


Math Learning / Progression

Objective: “Determine if students in Math 207 have any mathematical deficiencies at either the developmental, college algebra, or calculus level.   OpenBook data was finally incorporated into the pilot’s results. One interesting finding from the course history was that several students in this sample had already completed a math class at a higher level than Math 207 […] It will be interesting to keep track of student’s course history in future departmental assessments”.

More Assessment Examples

  • Wilbur Wright College / Math department: “We will utilize OpenBook to do a longitudinal comparison of students who have been subjected to the three different ways of preparing to satisfy their Gen Ed Math requirement”  Objective:  compare the benefits of co-requisites versus modified prerequisites versus current prerequisites to Gen Ed Math Courses.
  • Harold Washington College / Art and Architecture:  “using OpenBook to give more context” to survey data.


Program Review

Faculty who are involved in the state-mandated program review process review trend reports on program enrollment and outcomes.

  • Example:  Daley College analyzed enrollment by program, course, and program awards.  Example analysis using OpenBook data  “As seen from Tables 3 and 4 [from ZogoTech Analytics], enrollment in courses within the Physical Science Department has increased significantly since FY09. […]. This has been due impart to monitoring more closely course scheduling and enrollment projections”
  • Example:  “ Daley College revised the course offerings within the basic and advanced certificates and degree in order to maximize student completion in the most efficient timeframe. […]  The goal is to increase the number of students who are awarded the Associates in Science degree which, as can be seen in Table 7 below, has been very small. “   Read more