The First Year Gateway Course Completion dashboard shows how many first-year students successfully completed their required Math or English gateway courses. First-year gateway course completion is a critical leading indicator of credential completion, which can help you determine how to better support students who are required to take gateway courses.
Which Students Are Included
The dashboard determines math and English gateway course requirements based on the values reported in your course data file. It includes all students with the value of “R” in the gateway course requirement field in the course data file. It does not include students who are not required to complete a gateway course (e.g. certificate students) or students who completed all necessary gateway course requirements before enrolling at your institution.
How It Works
The dashboard calculates gateway course completion as the number of students who completed a required gateway course in their first year divided by the total number of students required to complete a gateway course. The dashboard considers students who earned a D or higher in a gateway course as having completed the course. If a student attempted the same gateway course multiple times in their first year, the dashboard uses their highest grade to determine if they completed the course.
The dashboard determines each student’s first year based on their starting term, including summer and intersession terms. It does not calculate it based on your institution’s academic year.
Percent Gateway Completion by Dimension
This section displays your institution’s overall gateway completion rate across cohorts with a disaggregation by dimension. The data is displayed in lines that show trends in first-year gateway course completion from one cohort to the next.
Gateway Not Completed by Dimension
This section displays data on students who did not complete their required gateway courses disaggregated by dimension. The data is displayed in columns for comparison. The color of the column indicates the number of students who did not complete their required gateway courses. The darker the color, the higher the number of students. The height of the column indicates the percentage of students who have not completed their required gateway courses. You can hover over a column to see the percentage of students in each cohort.
Gateway Course Completion by Cohort
This section shows how your institution’s gateway course completion has changed from one cohort to the next. The blue bar shows the percentage of students in each cohort who have completed their required gateway courses during their first year of enrollment at your institution. You can hover over this bar to see the percentage of students who completed their required gateway courses. The gray bar shows the total number of students in each cohort required to reach the goal of 100% completion.
Using the Dashboard
You can use this dashboard’s Gateway Status dimension or filter to see whether students were required to take an English gateway course, a math gateway course, or both English and math.
Gateway Completion by Grade
You can use the Gateway Completion by Grade option to see student gateway course grades with intersectionality. If you select C, the dashboard will display only C grades, not C or above. According to research, gateway course grades have implications for long-term success and provide an additive effect.
One way to view this dashboard is by selecting the GPA Range dimension. Students with higher GPAs are more likely to have completed their required gateway courses. When you select this dimension, you can view grade distribution among students who have not completed their gateway course requirements. The data is displayed in columns. The color of the column indicates the frequency of grade ranges by student count. The darker the color, the more frequent the grade range. The height of the column indicates the percentage of the population who are not meeting the threshold. You can also see the overall trends by cohort, which can tell you if larger percentages of students are completing requirements in recent years.
Gateway Course Completion and Preparation
You can also use this dashboard to view the intersectionality between gateway course completion and preparation for gateway courses. For example, you can select the math status dimension and select the Subgroup Gap Analysis tab to see the gap in gateway course completion between students who are not ready for gateway math and those who are ready for gateway math. You can then use filters to further refine the data.