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How ‘bout that Ellucian Live Conference?

I am happy to say that a lot of people stopped by the Rapid Insight booth at Elive this past week with questions, institutional concerns, and just general interest in what our software can do for them. It was extremely gratifying to be able to share our customer...

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Performance-Based Funding: Unintended Consequences?

Performance-based funding is well-established by now. Thirty two states are on board so far (NCSL). What is not clearly established, is how performance-based funding might be affecting colleges' decision-making. One perspective is that colleges may re-evaluate...

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Succeeding with a Shrinking Prospect Pool

Whichever news sources you might follow for your higher ed news, you have probably heard that that the pool of high-school graduates is down. The number of applications, generally, is actually increasing, but those applications are hard to yield. The same person...

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Happy Pi Day!

In honor of Pi Day we would like to supply you with some resources to get your 3.14 celebration on! In the U.S. we mark March 14th as national π day due to our use of the month/day date format and 3, 1 and 4 are the first significant digits of the constant π. While...

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Even a Little Data Will Do

I'm motivated by the little ways data can make a very human impact. We always champion predictive modeling as a way your data can help your students, but there are a lot of very helpful stops along the way to a full-blown predictive model. This is part 2 of our blog...

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How Important is a Proactive Approach to Student Success?

As an analyst at Rapid Insight, I regularly have the opportunity to hear back about the successes driven by proactive student success initiatives. Helping students succeed seems to come down to institutions' ability to detect the issues before they are too big to...

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What’s the deal with Clustering?

Information is very often stored either as a number on a spectrum or as a category. Predictive modeling benefits from both of these kinds of data. One neat, often under-used trick is using clusters to help your model capture behaviors even better. Simply put, imagine...

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But First, is the Data Any Good?

Garbage in, garbage out. Anyone who works with data is familiar with this phrase. If you start with messy, inconsistent data, you will generate inaccurate analyses. I recently had 2 different conversations with people about the quality of their data. They were looking...

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The Real Value of Powerball Tickets

There are two things you probably hear about the powerball: Woah! $1.5 billion! You're more likely to get bit by a hammerhead shark while driving on the highway during a sandstorm (or some other highly unlikely event). But this is actually kind of a fun event, because...

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