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GRS Collection Now Open

by Administrator 8. March 2013 13:16

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you that the 2012-13 Graduation Rate Survey 150 PCT/200 PCT (GRS) is now available for download.  These files are due to SCHEV Research Friday, April 19th, 2013.

 In looking towards next year, after much thought and deliberation, we have decided that this is the last time SCHEV Research will prepare the GRS cohort files for the institutions.  This decision is due to IPEDS moving GRS from the Spring to Winter collection cycle.  IPEDS’s Winter collection period for the 2013-14 GRS begins December 5, 2013 and goes to February 6, 2014.   The collection change of when GRS is collected by IPEDS conflicts with our fall reporting schedule  - Fall headcount (due Nov 1st) and Fall Cohort – (due the first week of December) and the shut down period of our data collection system (Mid January to the first week of March).  These factors greatly impact our ability to update and build the GRS cohort files by late Fall/early Winter.  For these reasons, and because the Graduation Rate Survey  represents a decreasing proportion of new Virginia college students each year, with extraordinarily few exclusions to the cohort, we have decided to end our involvement in this collection.

 However, as many of you know, we have been working on creating Student Success Index (SSI) metric. The SSI provides a combined graduation rate and persisting enrollment rate by institution, sector, and a variety of subcohorts. We are also recreating the cohort survival maps to provide greater detail on transfer behavior while also adding dozens of subcohorts to identify key points of student behavior.  We believe these tools will be very helpful to the institutions in tracking students and student behaviors and to policymakers and the public in providing greater understanding of student behavior and success. These reports will be made available for your review in a matter of days. 

 If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Tod

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