Longitudinal Tracking for Institutional Research

This course provides an overview of longitudinal tracking of students, a research approach that examines or observes the same set of students over time to learn about the effects on one or more study variables.

Core Lessons

Fundamentals of Longitudinal Tracking

Designing a Longitudinal Research Study

Preparing Data for Longitudinal Analysis

Task Modules and Exercises

Retention, Graduation and Persistence Rates: Demonstrates how to determine retention, graduation and persistence rates – common indicators of student success. 

The Developmental Climb: Examines student progression from one level of remedial math to the next and from developmental to college-level courses.

Enrollment Patterns: Examines how student success interventions affect student success in subsequent academic terms and demonstrates how to appropriately conduct analysis and interpret the results.  

Tracking Student Success: Examines how to measure the effect of an intervention on student persistence.

Course Sequence Patterns: Examines student progress through developmental math course sequences over multiple terms.

Designing a Retrospective Study: Demonstrates how to design a retrospective longitudinal tracking study in order to develop the profile of  successful students.

Knowledge & Skills Taught

  • Developing a research question

  • Use of a data dictionary

  • Combining multiple data sets

  • Checking, editing and recoding data

  • Sorting and filtering data

  • Creating subsets

  • Recoding and collapsing data

  • Creating pivot tables (frequency counts) in Excel

  • ​Creating formulas in Excel

  • Importing and exporting files between Excel and Access

  • Joining data sets in Access by primary key

  • Designing queries in Access

  • Summarizing data

  • Interpreting results

  • Creating effective visual displays of data

Course fee: $700 ($600 for AIR members)

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