Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Continuous Improvement through Data-Driven Decision Making

Data collected through the University of Illinois Banner system enables UIS Online to make informed decisions on online degree development, deployment and refinement. Ground-breaking work by Dean Emeritus Bill Bloemer has enabled online programs to closely follow the a wide array of factors and to identify indicators of success and vulnerability. Regression analyses have enabled the monitoring of various quantitative factors to assure the online experience is equal to or superior to the on campus experience for UIS students.

An analysis of the data for an entire academic year (2007-2008) and how these were used to continuously improve was the basis for UIS receiving the inaugural Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and is linked to the header of this posting.

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