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9 Key Benefits of The Postsecondary Data Partnership

by NSC Blog | Oct 12, 2020 | Postsecondary Data Partnership, Research Services |

The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) has already been adopted by more than 300 institutions across 41 states and provides colleges and universities with data-driven insights and a more comprehensive understanding of critical metrics to their success. Nine key benefits of PDP to your campus include:

1. Improved Data Quality and Access

The PDP provides educational institutions with better quality data, increased transparency, and widespread access to a consistent dataset across campus, which empowers key stakeholders with better insights and builds cohesion between parallel initiatives.

2. Builds a more complete picture of your students

The PDP allows institutions to explore student populations and subpopulations with greater clarity and intersectionality to discover who is doing well and who is struggling.

3. Improved Retention and Graduation Rates

A deeper understanding of student behavior and challenges to their continued education can be examined with the assistance of the PDP, which can have a positive influence on retention and graduation rates in institutions.

4. Rapidly Identify and Close Equity Gaps

The dashboards and filterable results of the PDP empower better action against equity gaps and assists educational institutions in making better policy decisions to support marginalized groups on campus.

5. Evaluate the Impact of Student Success Efforts

The PDP allows institutions to evaluate the impact of interventions at a deeper level than ever before, which facilitates decisions on adjustments, course corrections, and/or scaling decisions – all of which promotes more positive impact on student success efforts.

6. More Efficient Allocation of Resources

Data visualizations facilitate insights that allows institutions to make more targeted decisions on the allocation of resources, which helps ensure that budgetary decisions are maximized.

7. Significant Reduction in Reporting Burden

Through centralization and improved organization of data sets, institutions are able to significantly improve the time and efficiency of reporting to funders, student success initiatives, and other core programs.

8. Increased Consistency with Key Metrics

The PDP provides consistent metrics across all participating institutions, which helps ensure accuracy and provides more actionable insights within institutions, across state systems and nationally.

9. Encourages Collaboration Between Participants

Institutions, educational organizations, and third-party student success initiatives are able to work more closely in a collaborative manner through better access to shared data.

New PDP Features on The Horizon

In addition to the benefits listed in this article, the PDP continues to improve its functionality and provide additional benefits to its participants.

Over the next year, participants in the PDP can expect to see public-facing dashboards, enhanced dashboards, possible COVID-19 related dashboards, de-identified course level analysis, and other additional enhancements to support institutional needs in response to participant feedback.

Throughout the year, review our calendar of events to attend a PDP session to further understand the value of this resource to help your students succeed!

Throughout the year, review our calendar of events to attend a PDP session to further understand the value of this resource to help your students succeed!


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