Ellen Elizabeth Marburger



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Using technological applications and databases for tracking student success in higher education is slowly becoming a necessity rather than a recommendation, especially at large campuses. This content analysis study sought to examine the breadth and depth of the use of these applications amongst three such universities in the midwest by analyzing and coding publicly available data around the themes of evaluation strategies, solutions, and communications. This study first examined the current commentary and research around this topic and defined student success indicators, identified three campuses, and finally compared the systems used, purposes for each, capabilities of each, and what gaps may still exist in the context of using such technology to assist in student success. Key findings suggest that this subset of the field is evolving, and widespread use and integration of these systems may be the next step for campuses and professionals, supplemented by future research.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Savio Dennis Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Data for our Students: How Three Large Public Universities Use Tech-Based Solutions to Foster and Track Student Success