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Targeting Success: Intervention Tracking and Measurement

Sandy Daston (PAR Framework, USA)
Scott James (PAR Framework, USA)
Karen Swan (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)
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Ellen D Wagner (PAR Framework, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop - 210 minutes
Governor's Square 15
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)
Virtual Session

This workshop will show you how to use the PAR Framework's openly published and openly licensed framework for mapping student success interventions to dimensions of predictor behaviors and points-in-time in the college completion life-cycle.

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Extended Abstract

This workshop will show you how to use the PAR Frameworks openly published and openly licensed framework for mapping student success interventions to dimensions of predictor behaviors and points-in-time in the college completion life-cycle. By linking predictors of successful behaviors to interventions most likely to help the right students at the right points in time, it is possible to get more value from interventions being used at your institution. We will show you how linking predictions of risk to interventions that mitigate risks and focus on success gives people a concrete way to enable real ROI discussions at a variety of levels.

Lead Presenter

Cassandra (Sandy) Daston is PAR Framework’s Director of Student Success Services. She has been with PAR since its beginning May 2011, serving initially as Project Manager. She has supported the development of PAR Student Success Matrix (SSMX) since its inception in 2012 and is responsible for coordinating efforts that link PAR’s predictive models with local interventions to improve student success. Sandy also has a leading role in developing PAR’s Benchmark Reports. Sandy has over 20 years of experience in program development and implementation, project management, and research and data analysis in the fields of market research, public health, and health behavior change. Prior to joining PAR, she worked with four major global market research companies, contributed to several National Institutes of Health research and program development endeavors, and assisted the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in developing online tools to assess the health of community, worksite, school and childcare environments. Sandy has contributed to numerous research projects, including study design, implementation and the writing of final publications. Sandy holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland and currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC.


Scott is a Data Scientist with a strong interest in utilizing analytics and statistical methodologies to enhance decision making and drive policy changes in higher education. Scott’s work for PAR Framework primarily involves building predictive models, evaluating and measuring interventions, developing visual representations of data, and investigating broader research questions. Scott holds both a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and a Master of Science in Advanced Analytics from NC State University. During his time at NC State, Scott led analytics projects for the USEPA and the Baltimore Ravens football team.


Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Karen’s research has been in the general area of electronic media and learning for the 25 years since she received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research interests center on online learning Karen has authored over 125 journal articles and book chapters, produced several hypermedia programs, and co-edited two books on educational technology topics. She has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education and the New York City Board of Education, as well as several corporate foundations, and is currently involved in WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting Project and ACE’s MOOCs as Game Changers Projects. Karen is the Special Issues Editor for the Journal of Educational Computing Research, and serves on the review boards and/or steering committees for many educational technology journals and conferences, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning. She is on the OLC Board of Directors and the steering committees for the Blended Learning and Online Learning conferences. Karen was awarded the OLC award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual in 2006 and was inducted into the inaugural group of OLC Fellows in 2010. In 2010 she also was given the Distinguished Alumni award by her alma mater.


Ellen Wagner is Chief Strategy Officer of the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (http://parframework.org) and continues as Partner and senior analyst with Sage Road Solutions LLC. She served on retainer as the executive director of the Western Interstate Commission for HIgher Education's Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) from 2009-2013. She is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. Prior to working in software solutions marketing and product development, Ellen was Chief Learning Officer and Director of Education for Viviance new education, AG, a multinational, Swiss-based elearning company. Before joining the private sector, Ellen was a tenured professor and Chair of the Educational Technology program at the University of Northern Colorado, and held a number of administrative posts, including Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education and Coordinator of Campus Instructional and Research Technologies, Academic Affairs. Her Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.