DFW Toxic Course Combo Report

Overview

Unsuccessful grades, commonly referred to as DFW’s, are a substantial source of decreased student retention, progression, and graduation. The DFW Toxic Course Combo report displays information on toxic course combinations, defined as two courses when taken in the same term, showing an increased likelihood of failure. This report uses the last three years of student academic history data (without transfer courses) and returns course combinations taken by at least 40 students. It then highlights the difference in DFW rates between what is average for the course, and what the average DFW rate is for the course when taken in the same term as the “combo” course. DFW grades are identified as the “blacklisted” grade codes that are set up in the Astra application.

Looking at the variance in DFW rates for the same course in this matter may help provide insight into pathway design, and guide institutions in making decisions around which courses should potentially not be taken in the same term.

You can access the DFW Toxic Course Combo report from the DFW folder in the Report App.

 

Filters

Filters default to ‘Include all’ unless otherwise noted.

  • Course
  • Division
  • College
  • Department
  • DFW increase rate (allows you to filter the courses to show course combinations that increase DFW rate by a certain threshold)

 

Toxic Course Combination Over Last Three Years

The Toxic Course Combination Over the Last Three Years pivot table shows the difference in average DFW rates of specific courses when they are taken with other courses. The columns allow you to identify the course being measured, see the overall average DFW rate of that course over the last three years, and compare the average DFW rate of that course when taken with different course combinations. The change in DFW rate is highlighted, as well as the number of students that have taken and been unsuccessful with the initial course in the combination.



Courses Most Likely to be in a “Toxic Combination”

The Courses Most Likely to be in a “Toxic Combination” chart shows the number of times a specific course is listed in the table above…meaning it has an increased DFW rate when taken with different courses that meet the specified DFW increase threshold set in the filter panel. 


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