PAS is part of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) at Indiana University
Practice- and policy-oriented research on opportunity and equity in postsecondary education and on the multiple pathways of 21st century students toward postsecondary academic success and employment
 

Research on Academic Success

College Student Success

  • About PAS

  • The PAS Team

    • Current Team
    • Affiliated Scholars
  • Current Research Projects

    • Enrollment Trends (National Student Clearinghouse Signature Reports)
    • Leading to Completion
    • Faculty Vitality Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)
    • Departmental 360 Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)
    • Evaluation of the Millennium Leadership Institute (MLI)
  • Past Conference Papers

  • Topical Resources

    • Student Financial Aid
    • Enhancing Student Success
    • Research Methods



Contact Us

Email is likely to be the most efficient way to reach us, and we can use e-mail to arrange follow-up phone conversations.

Victor M. H. Borden
Director, PAS
vborden@iu.edu
812.856.0855

Phoebe Khasiala Wakhungu
Project Manager, PAS
pwakhung@indiana.edu
812.856.1506

Project on Academic Success
1900 E. Tenth Street
Eigenmann Hall, Suite 630
Bloomington, IN 47406-7512

Current Research Projects

Enrollment Trends (National Student Clearinghouse Signature Reports)

Transfer & Mobility: A National View for Student Movement I Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2008 Cohort
From PAS's collaboration with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, this ninth release in the Signature Report series examines multiple transfer pathways for the cohort of students who started postsecondary education in 2008. The report reveals how student enrollment patterns that involve multiple movements among two or more institutions and across state boundaries has become the new normal, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive view of student transfer and mobility to inform education policymaking and institutional improvement efforts. The report also provides discussion comparing the 2008 cohort's outcomes to those of the 2006 cohort (Signature 2), which is the first transfer and mobility report.

The report's release is announced by the Indiana University News Room.

The report, Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates is the state supplement to the national study on college completion, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates — Fall 2008 Cohort (2014), and is the eighth in the Signature Report series from the partnership of PAS and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Looking state by state at the various pathways students take to complete a college degree or certificate, and including detailed tables, this report provides a state-level view of college completion outcomes within the four-year public, two-year public, and four-year private nonprofit sectors.

Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates—Fall 2008 Cohort
This new report from the partnership of PAS and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center is the third annual report in the NSC Signature Report series on national college completion rates. The report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates—Fall 2008 Cohort, offers the first look at the six-year outcomes for students who began postsecondary education in Fall 2008, the cohort that entered college during the Great Recession—revealing the various pathways students took toward degree completion as well as completion rates through May 2014 for the different student types on each pathway. The 2008 cohort's outcomes are also compared to those of the Fall 2007 cohort (analyzed in the second annual completion rates report).

Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates
From PAS's partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, this seventh release in the Signature Report series examines 31 million students who enrolled in college during the past 20 years, to determine if they received a degree or certificate. The report, Some College, No Degree: A National View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion, gives a national view that allows us to see this group in a more differentiated way. This report is based on student-level data made available to the Clearinghouse by its more than 3,600 participating colleges and universities, which tracks 96 percent of college enrollments nationwide.

Reverse Transfer: A National View of Student Mobility from Four-Year to Two-Year Institutions
From PAS's partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center, this third release in the NSC Signature Report series examines enrollment pathways of reverse transfer students, those who move from four-year to two-year institutions outside of summer months. Understanding this type of student mobility can help campus policymakers at both two-year and four-year institutions craft policies to help the institutions and students reach their goals.

Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Pre-Degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions
Many postsecondary students no longer follow a traditional path from college entry to degree at a single institution but, instead, attend multiple institutions, transferring once, twice, or even three times before earning a degree. Yet most institution-based reporting overlooks these students, focusing on those who enter as first-time freshmen and treating students who do not receive a degree from their first institution as dropouts. To address this gap in the research, a new report from the partnership of the Project on Academic Success with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center analyzes student-level enrollment data to examine the transfer behaviors over five years of virtually all students who began postsecondary education in the U.S. in fall 2006. The second in the NSC's Signature Report series.

The report's release is announced by the Indiana University News Room at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/21553.html

National Postsecondary Enrollment Trends: Before, During, and After the Great Recession
Using data from the comprehensive national student database at the National Student Clearinghouse, this report examines enrollment patterns of first-time students entering colleges and universities during fall terms from 2006 through 2010. The first release in the Clearinghouse Research Center's new Signature Report series.

The report's release is announced by the Indiana University News Room at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19131.html.

 

Faculty Vitality Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)

Each academic year, the Project on Academic Success (PAS) administers the Faculty Vitality Survey at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) using the validated Faculty Vitality Survey© instrument established by IUSM. The goal of this study is to better understand the experience of faculty, and also improve their experience at IUSM. See more details at: http://faculty.medicine.iu.edu/about-us/research-initiatives/vitality/

Other institutions that participated in the 2014 IUSM Faculty Vitality survey project include Mercer University School of Medicine and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. PAS collects and analyzes the data collected from the surveys. The results are used by IUSM to inform policy and practice.

Leading to Completion (L2C)

The primary objective of the Leading to Completion (L2C) project is to assist public, bachelor's degree granting minority, serving higher education institutions in contributing to the national degree attainment goals. The project focuses on engaging leadership, starting at the top and permeating through the institution, combined with evidence- and culture-informed selection and systemic implementation of effective practices to improve completion prospects for traditionally under-served students.

The planning L2C project, funded by the Lumina foundation, engaged 18 senior campus leaders (CEOs and CAOs) from 14 minority serving institutions, as well as a national advisory board of 12 content experts to review and shape the implementation program. The L2C leadership team, now comprised of Charlie Nelms, Bill Harvey and Vic Borden, is pursuing several follow-up pilot and implementation programs.

The Departmental 360 Survey (Indiana University School of Medicine)

PAS also administers the Departmental Chairs 360 survey every other year for IUSM. This study enables faculty to evaluate their chair's leadership skills by examining trends in leadership, good practices, and areas of development for department chairs in general. See more details at: http://faculty.medicine.iu.edu/about-us/research-initiatives/the-department-chair-360-leadership-survey/

The 2015 Departmental Chairs 360 survey included faculty in various leadership roles. The categories are as follows: The Regional Research Centers, Research Centers (i.e. the Cancer Research Center and the Clinical Effectiveness Research Center), and the Executive Associate Deans at the IUSM. For this study PAS collects and analyzes the data collected from the surveys. The findings are presented in the form of descriptive and statistical findings that are used by IUSM to inform policy and practice at the IUSM.

An Assessment of the Millennium Leadership Institute

PAS staff are conducting an evaluation of the Millennium Leadership Institute (MLI), employing web-based surveys of MLI Protégés, Mentors and Faculty.

Past Research Projects

Mobile Working Students in Northwest Indiana (Source of Information at: http://pas.indiana.edu/mwsc/)

College Board Study on Student Retention (Source of information at: http://pas.indiana.edu/cb/)

Spencer Study on Educational Equity Programs (Source of information at: http://pas.indiana.edu/spencer/)