The University of Hawai‘i System has been utilizing predictive analytics to improve student success.
UH has been part of a multi-institutional alliance called Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) since its formation in 2012 through a Gates Foundation grant. PAR was started under the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and has since been acquired by Hobsons, a for-profit company specializing in education solutions. As a membership organization, PAR creates products for members using predictive analytics to answer questions regarding student risk and course completion, and to assess the effectiveness of campus interventions.
Two main products have been made available to interested UH campuses: 1) the PAR Course Explorer shows heat maps that indicate whether high or low percentages of students received C or better grades in courses and identify potential student retention issues. 2) PAR Student Explorer creates retention risk scores for students.
With support from a Gates Foundation iPASS grant, the risk scores for Honolulu CC (HCC) have been incorporated into Starfish, a retention software used by the UH Community Colleges. At HCC, advisors are using the additional PAR information to assist students, including sending targeted messages about available academic services.
In addition, UH established set up campus teams to build admissions models using predictive analytics to better identify students that are likely to attend and to provide them with appropriate levels of support.