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What is persistence?

Persistence is the act of a student re-enrolling for a future term at your institution and staying enrolled past the census date, typically 14 days after the start of term. It is important to understand how persistence is defined in Illume in order to interpret the data presented in Illume Students.

Persistence can be defined in many ways. Here are three common examples:

TraditionalA student who is currently enrolled in the fall semester persists on to the next spring semester OR a student who is currently enrolled in the spring semester persists on to the next fall semester.
Term to TermA student who is currently enrolled in the fall semester persists on to the next term (winter or spring) OR a student who is enrolled in the spring semester persists on to the next term (summer).
Fall to FallA student who is currently enrolled in the fall semester persists on to the next fall semester.

Find your institution's persistence prediction in the upper left of the Overview page.

The persistence prediction displays:

  • Active Filter: The percentage of currently enrolled students meeting the selected filter criteria predicted to enroll in the future term and stay enrolled.
  • All Students: The percentage of all active students predicted to enroll in a future specified term at your institution and stay enrolled past the census date, typically 14 days after the start of term.

Each row also includes the number of students included in that prediction.

Both rows will look identical and will have the same student count until you add filters.

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