Harnessing the power of big data to increase revenue and elevate student success

A case study from Southern Illinois University

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Degree Progress, Advising, Academic Affairs, Academic Dashboards, Data Driven University, Administration and Finance

  • About: Southern Illinois University is a Carnegie-classified high research public university with a total enrollment of 17,964 students and a six-year graduation rate of 43%. With "the brains of a national research institution, and the heart of a small college", SIU serves a dual mission: access and quality.

  • Challenge: Over the past several decades, SIU has lost $30 million in state funding and faced a significant decrease in enrollment, leading the institution to revamp its recruitment and retention strategies.

  • Solution: Partnering with the SSC, SIU armed advisors and administrators with an integrated technology solution to enable shared communication and better decision-making at all levels.

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Partnership with SSC Leading to Impressive Early Impacts


  • Speech"I now have advisors using their time more efficiently to impact a greater number of students. Overall, the return has exceeded our initial investment and, long term, I believe this success will continue."

    John Nicklow, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

SSC Enabling New Data-Driven Success Initiatives at All Levels

Focusing Advising Resources on High ROI Populations

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