Longitudinal Tracking

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)