New Toolkit Available for Institutional Researchers

Are you interested in getting some fresh ideas on how to examine student success at your campus? Perhaps you already work with several initiatives and you want to get a different take on student success metrics? If so, you should check out a new toolkit, available to help colleges improve student outcomes.  

The Completion by Design Pathway Analyses Toolkit shares resources that inform changes to processes, practices, and policies that influence student success. It is available at no cost and features lessons garnered from the Completion by Design initiative, a five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation program that works with community colleges to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students. However, the Toolkit is designed to assist administrators at any institution – not just community colleges – who seek to better understand students’ experiences and progress. It helps administrators frame and address key questions related to student progression and includes:

  • downloadable interactive templates,
  • model logic,
  • information needed to conduct CBD model analyses, and
  • tips for related processes, analyses, and data gathering activities.   

"Analyses of student pathways have been invaluable in identifying barriers to student success at Stark State College. The CBD Pathway Analyses Toolkit provides high-quality, actionable information and data which can be used by institutional researchers to advance the success agenda on their campuses. I highly recommend using the Toolkit to help improve student success at your institution."
—Peter Trumpower, Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, Stark State College.

The CBD website includes detailed information about the Pathway Analyses Toolkit. For more information, contact Daniela Pineda at   





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Total Comments: 2
Marlene posted on 1/16/2014 1:48 PM
Interesting resource to be aware of...thanks!
Eric posted on 1/16/2014 3:25 PM
Thank you for sharing this! My institution actively entered the CBD initiative, and in recent months I have had opportunities to read and work through these materials. I have found that the Loss Momentum Framework is quite valuable to understand, then explore areas for improvement at my institution. Rob Johnstone is a creative, interesting speaker who offers Completion by Design assessment workshops (with the North Carolina cadre).