Utilizing the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) for Institutional & System Change in Times of Uncertainty
Within a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped higher education, forcing college courses online, closing college housing, and necessitating a redesign of student support services. Planning for this fall is still uncertain as the virus continues to impact the entire United States and the world. It is imperative during times of uncertainty for institutional and state leaders to utilize student information for both short- and long-term data-informed decision-making. To this end, The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) is a nationwide effort to help colleges and universities gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and identify where to focus their resources. The Partnership is dedicated to the idea that easier access to better data helps us develop actionable insights and make informed decisions to support student success.
This half-day virtual conference is dedicated to highlighting the value of the PDP for institutional- and system-level decision making. The event is organized by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and sponsored by the National Student Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), with the assistance of other national higher education associations supporting the PDP (Achieving the Dream–ATD, American Association of State Colleges and Universities–AASCU, and Complete College American–CCA). The event includes:
- A keynote presentation by Dr. Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education, on the importance of data-informed decision making and how to accomplish this at the institution and state levels.
- During the first set of breakouts, representatives from ATD and AASCU will provide an institutional perspective on the value and use of the PDP, while representatives from SHEEO and CCA will provide a state-level perspective on the value and use of the PDP.
- The second and final breakouts will highlight how to use PDP data, with one session demonstrating the online Tableau dashboards and the other session demonstrating how to dive deeper into the PDP’s Analysis-Ready File data.
This event is from 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 1. Registration is free and participants will select their concurrent session attendance during registration. For questions about the event, please contact Eric Godin, SHEEO associate vice president.
A high-level outline of the event is provided below (all times are ET):
Opening (1:00 pm): Presented by SHEEO/Clearinghouse
Keynote (1:10 pm): Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education
Concurrent Breakouts 1 (2:00 pm)
Institutional Perspectives on the PDP (presented by ATD/AASCU)
State Level Perspectives on the PDP (presented by SHEEO/CCA)
Concurrent Breakouts 2 (2:50 pm)
Using the PDP Tableau Dashboards (presented by Clearinghouse)
Using the PDP Analysis-Ready File for Deep Dives (presented by SHEEO)
Closing and Q&A (3:40 pm): Presented by SHEEO/Clearinghouse