PacAIR Conference Workshop

Location: Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: October 30, 2015

In partnership with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, a pre-conference workshop will be provided to PacAIR members and friends at no cost. The workshop will focus on the Graduation Rate Dashboard, covering topics such as data visualization, benchmarking, and institutional examples of how the data is being used. 

About the workshop:

College degree completion has become the focus of national debate. As a result, there has been increasing attention on measures of student success including student retention, progress towards a degree, and graduation rates.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has developed the Graduation Rate Dashboard (GRD) to better understand the student enrollment, retention and graduation patterns of its member institutions. Unlike the commonly cited IPEDS 6-Year first-time full-time graduation rates, the GRD method accounts for all completion at an institution, regardless of the student’s time to degree, native or transfer, full-time or part-time status. The GRD thus reveals a more comprehensive view of the success rates of students and gives WSCUC and institutions insight into how to support institutional improvements in
these areas.

Participants in this workshop will explore in detail the GRD data elements, review example dashboards from a variety of institutions, work in teams on case studies to interpret the trends represented by the data and formulate action plans for use of the tool at their institution.

Participants will also get to explore and give feedback on a Tableau-based comparative tool being developed by WSCUC for member institutions. A laptop or tablet will be needed to access the online tool.


Chris Cullander, Higher Education Consultant, CIRCUS

Henry Hernandez, CIO

WASC Senior College and University Commission