Transformation is a continuous process where an institution considers multiple factors, reflects, and chooses action to address a student success challenge or inequity.
At a minimum, leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to analyze, identify, and track student success improvements is fundamental to transformation work.
This routine practice of reflection, prioritization, action, and measurement can be broken into a set of questions. This work – and addressing these questions – benefits from teamwork. Ideally, the team is comprised of both faculty and staff from across the institution, inclusive of different functions and roles.
Consider the sample questions here as a starting point, to be tailored by each institutional team.
Asking and addressing these questions with a team from the institution that represents a cross-functional set of perspectives, blending different academic disciplines, as well as a representative set of functions led by staff. It is valuable to have representation from the areas of the institution noted in the definition and the framework, e.g. faculty from varied disciplines, finance, IR, IT, policy, etc.
Gathering qualitative and quantitative data to shape the team’s perspective about what to focus on is important. Quantitative student data that is disaggregated by race, ethnicity, income levels, and gender is key for analysis. Qualitative data from culture surveys, input from students, or other feedback loops with stakeholders are also important data to include and analyze.
You will likely need to collaborate with the institutional research (IR) function to source and render useful data sets for this work.
Preparing data, analyzing it with a group, and sharing reflections with diverse teams and representatives from across the institution are important for alignment and shared prioritization. The inclusion of current and past transformation initiatives in supports prioritization decisions, resource allocations, and scoping.
As the team identifies the areas that need improvement and are in the process of prioritizing, generating ideas for how to address and plan for the prioritized challenges will be important. To support brainstorming and planning, here are some prompting tools to consider.
Remember that there are examples of how other institutions have addressed similar challenges in the section of this website called Case Studies.