Video: Using Analytics to Improve Dev Ed Courses
Learn how Blackboard Analytics is utilized at VCCS to better understand unique student populations, and influence program creation and refinement.
Student preparedness is a critical issue for many community colleges. For the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), developmental courses have become an important tool in the success of its students.

The team at VCCS redesigned their developmental education program from the ground up
- using data to better understand the students they were serving, and the analytics necessary to track their increased success.

What You Will Learn:

-How and where VCCS is applying analytics.
-How VCCS has streamlined the path to college readiness.
-Observations from VCCS' data-driven programs.
-Institutional direction and vision for data at VCCS.

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About the Presenter:

Dr. Catherine Finnegan leads the institutional research, data warehousing and assessment activities at the Virginia Community College System. Her office provides critical data necessary for national and state reporting. She leads the system-wide effort to provide current financial, student, financial aid and human resources data to leaders at all levels through Quinn, the VCCS decision support system.

Finnegan also leads the annual system-wide core competency assessment and supports college SACS accreditation efforts. Prior to coming to Virginia in October 2010, Finnegan worked 20 years for the University System of Georgia in institutional effectiveness and technology roles. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Catherine Finnegan
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness

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