(Available starting with release 8.6.0)
Ad Astra's Platinum Analytics helps you track velocity and completion data not only for graduated students, but also for current students. A student's velocity towards their degree is a key indicator of eventual success.
When Student Progress Analysis is performed as part of the analysis process, the following values are calculated per student, and also as averages per Program of Study when applicable:
For current students in the Analysis Term:
Velocity: the overall average credits per year taken by students, including any wasted (non-applied) credits.
Productive Velocity: the average credits per year taken by students that are applied to their Program of Study.
Velocity %: the ratio of students' Productive Velocity to the institution's On Time Completion Goal.
Estimated Time to Completion: the total amount of time, in years, it is estimated for students to complete a Program of Study based on their velocity and progress so far.
For Graduated Students (when included in the Analysis Term data)
Time to Completion: the amount of time it has taken previous graduated students to complete their Program of Study.
On Time Graduation Rate: the ratio of students that completed their Program of Study in 4 years or less to the total number of students that started on the same date. (This value is only visible on the Programs of Study List page)
Velocity and Completion values are visible per student on the Student List page, and averaged per Program of Study on the Programs of Study List page.
Configure Velocity Settings
Default values are pre-configured for Velocity settings so that values will be calculated automatically when running Student Progress Analysis. However, Velocity settings may be modified if desired.
To configure Velocity settings:
Select Velocity Settings from the Admin section of the Analytics tab. *Requires "Manage Analysis Runs" role permission.
Choose a setting for the Velocity Analysis Date.
- This setting determines the end date when determining how many years a student has attended when calculating their velocity.
- If students are registered for the term being analyzed, you can include those registrations in their velocity by selecting "Use Analysis Term End Date".
- If students are no registered, you don't want to count the analysis term against their velocity, so you'll want to select "Use Analysis Term Start Date".
- There may be reasons to use a custom date for testing or experimentation purposes, or to tailor the years attended calculation to a certain set of data conditions (e.g. you want to calculate velocity using a past term date). You may enter a Custom Date if required.
Configure your Standard Academic Year.
- This setting helps the system determine years attended per student, based on how much of your academic year they have attended. For example, if you offer traditional Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, you may consider Fall and Spring to be one year, with Summer being optional. If you therefore enter a start and end date range that includes only Fall and Spring, we'll count Fall and Spring attendance as a half year each.
- Use the date selector to select the month and day that should represent the start and end of your typical academic year. The system only uses the month and day, and disregards the year.
Enter the On Time Completion Goal.
- This setting is used by the system to determine each student's progress against the goal of graduating on time based on their Productive Velocity.