We’ve created new data points in Inspire to help you better support your students and identify students who may be at risk of not persisting. We’ve added Change in Persistence - informing a new field, filter, and Engagement Opportunity in Inspire. Change in Persistence will show how much a student’s persistence prediction has changed from one week to the next (over seven rolling days). For example, if a student goes from being 50% likely to persist to 30% likely to persist over the course of 7 days, this will display as a 20% downward change.
Changes to the User Interface
When you log into Inspire, you’ll find Change in Persistence in a variety of locations and uses:
- Add as a Column: Users can add Weekly Change in Persistence Prediction as a column to the Students table on the Advising Management page or when creating a report. This column displays how many percentage points a student’s change in prediction score changed over a rolling course of 7 days, and whether the score increased or decreased (denoted with an arrow). This column can be sorted by ascending or descending order.
- Use as a Filter: Users can filter the Students search or report to show students who have had a change in persistence greater than 5, 10, 15, or 20 percent, upward or downward.
- View on the Student Card: Users can now see a student’s change in persistence prediction on the Student Summary Card. You can view this information by searching for a student and navigating to the student’s profile.
- A New Engagement Opportunity: Users can also use the new “Students with a more than 5% drop in persistence prediction in the last 7 days” Engagement Opportunity.
Change in Persistence on the Student Card
New Engagement Opportunity
Under the Engagement Opportunities tile, you’ll see that a new Engagement Opportunity has been added: Students with a more than 5% drop in persistence prediction in the last 7 days. This Engagement Opportunity displays active students who have shown a drop in persistence prediction by five percentage points or more within the last 7 days. This 7 day period is a rolling window as persistence prediction is calculated daily.
In 2019, our research found that significant drops in prediction scores by themselves are a strong signal that a student is less likely to persist to the following term. Utilizing this new Engagement Opportunity, we recommend reaching out to students who have had a 5% or greater drop in prediction score over the course of a week as a significant opportunity for proactive intervention to help students who are in a negative slide.
New Engagement Opportunity on the EO Page