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The Key Insights section answers questions about the impact of this course on the filtered student group. Start by selecting Graduation or Persistence to see the course’s potential impact across several metrics compared to the average course.

Before exploring the Key Insights for a course, it is necessary to understand how the values are calculated. Each Key Insight for a course is compared to the average course.

Defining the average course

The average course is determined by identifying the top 25 courses (those with the largest enrollment) that are typically taken in the same year (mode year) as the selected course by similar students (i.e. the students meeting the criteria of the filtered student group). The historical average across all 25 courses is calculated for each Key Insight.

See a list of all of the courses included in the calculation of the average course Key Insights by clicking the Avg Course column header.

Each Key Insight poses a question about the course’s impact on persistence and graduation.

Explore the following chart to understand the information provided for each Key Insight, including a summary of the impact of this course compared to the average course and a chart offering an expanded look at the impact and distribution of grades in the course.

KEY INSIGHT QUESTION

INSIGHT SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION

1. How strongly does a student's grade in this course signal persistence/graduation likelihood?

This question explores how an improvement of a single letter grade can affect a student’s persistence or graduation likelihood. The improvement of a single letter grade is a proxy for improved course content and skill proficiency or mastery.

The summary for this Key Insight will look like this: 

Click the small graph icon to see a corresponding chart of Graduation (or Persistence) Likelihood by Grade: 

 

This chart shows the graduation likelihood for a student with each letter grade in this course compared to the graduation likelihood for a student with each letter grade in the average course. Graduation likelihood for students with an B in this course is about 32%, compared to about 42% for students with a B in the average course.

2. What course grades predict student success?

This question surfaces the tipping point grade for the course, or the letter grade required for a student to have an above average likelihood of graduating or persisting. Successful course completion may look different for different courses. 

The summary for this Key Insight will look like this:


This insight indicates that a student must earn a A in this course to have an above average likelihood of graduating relative to other students taking this course. 


Click the small graph icon to see a corresponding chart of Graduation (or Persistence) Rate Delta: 


This chart shows the graduation rate delta at each letter grade, or the distance from the average graduation rate of students who have taken this course. Students with a B have a graduation likelihood about 3% lower than the average graduation likelihood for students taking this course. 

The average graduation rate for students in the filtered student group who take this course is located above the chart. This rate is calculated for students in the filtered student group who take this course.

3. How many students are struggling in this course?

This question identifies the percentage of students that earn Ds, Fs, or withdraw from the course. How does this percentage compare to other courses that are taken during the same year?


The summary for this Key Insight will look like this: 

For this course, 9.7% of students withdraw or earn a D or F. This insight reveals that the instance of Ds, Fs, and withdrawals is lower than the average course. 


Click the small graph icon to see a corresponding chart of the Course Grade Distribution:

 

This chart shows the average grade distribution over the historic terms of data. Hover over any bar to see the exact percentage of students at each letter grade.

4. What is this course’s potential to boost graduation rates OR

How much does student performance in this course influence overall institution persistence rates?

This question uses data from the impact of a single letter grade increase for one student to project the potential lift in persistence and graduation rates across the filtered student group. 

The summary for this Key Insight will look like this: 

This insight reveals the possible lift in persistence and graduation rates if all students in the filtered group improved their course grade by one letter. In this example, if each student in the filtered group received a letter grade one letter higher, the graduation rate for the student group could increase by 5.4 percentage points.

The values surfaced in the Key Insight summaries are also located to the right of the summaries in the column labeled This Course.

Compare the values for this course to the average course to understand how this course affects the student population or filtered student group differently from other courses taken by similar students during the same year.

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