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Bradley E. Cox
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LIPSS Project

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Linking Institutional Policies to Student Success

Fast Facts: Brief Findings and Data Snapshots

In this space we will post quick "snapshots" from our data. These fast facts are meant to be shared among colleagues and to prompt discussion. More comprehensive discussions of our findings can be found on our "publications" page.

March 9, 2013: Institutions Do Optional

“Students Don’t Do Optional” – So say a number of colleagues recently (including Jillian Kinzie at the 2013 Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience But, data from the LIPSS project suggest that “Institutions Do Optional,” at least when it comes to these five research-supported policies/practices.

February 13, 2013: Information Dissemination to Students

On the whole, institutions are giving their students a lot of information. But look at the way schools share info after classes begin… There’s a real drop off in information sharing after classes begin. Fewer than half of participating schools remind students about “social behavior codes/standards” or “expectations regarding academic efforts” or who to contact regarding academic difficulties after the school year has actually started… the precise time when first-year students are confronting their first bad grades, their first social decisions, and their first bouts of homesickness.

February 2, 2013: Assessment: Lots of Data, Little Action

Although roughly half of participating institutions have recently assessed the effects of students classroom, curricular, and out-of-class experiences, fewer than one in five systematically use assessment data to allocate resources.

January 25, 2013: Coordinating the First Year Experience

More than 2/3 of the 57 pilot institutions have at least some mechanism for institution-wide coordination of the first-year experience. At institutions with such mechanisms, individuals and committees responsible for coordinating the first-year experience typically report to high-level institutional administrators.