DSU part of beta test program
Dakota State University is participating in a beta test of a project designed to track student success.
The Student Learning Progress Model was designed by a researcher at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The project is designed to give universities and other agencies a more accurate picture of which factors influence student success rates. The model supports decision-making by addressing the fundamental student success question: “for whom can we do what to improve successful learning?”
Students will be tracked for ten years, starting from the time they enter the university. Most student success models track only degree-seeking students. The Student Learning Progress Model extends to all enrolled students, giving researchers a more accurate sample of actual student success. Educational goals differ from student to student. Some may enroll in just a few classes to enhance skills; others may be seeking an advanced degree. This new student-centered model recognizes the value-added learning progress of all students.
Dakota State is one of 18 higher education institutions across the country participating in the project. Black Hills State University is the only other participating institution in South Dakota.