Gordon State College Hosts Fourth Annual Data Day

Gordon State College faculty and staff met in person and virtually on Friday, November 12 for the institution's fourth annual Data Day. As part of the institution's Strategic Plan, Building the Power of WE!, the college monitors and reports data to appropriate stakeholders.

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Britt Lifsey, shared information in their Midterm Grade Reporting morning session. The session examined demographic breakdowns and details of grades assigned at midterm to provide students with an indicator of their progress in their classes.

The presentation included comparison of the fall 2020 to fall 2021 midterm grades with disaggregation by variables including race/ethnicity, gender, geographic region of origin, online status and more. The midterm grades provide key insight into at-risk subpopulations at midterm that can benefit from academic interventions.

Following the presentation, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. C. Jeffery Knighton, led an interactive discussion with the audience on the data presented and on potential actions to address at-risk student subpopulations.

“Fostering excellence through delivering quality programs, services and education is one of Gordon's core values,” said GSC President, Dr. Kirk A. Nooks. “To be able to duplicate these retention efforts at a higher level is commendable. It is a tremendous improvement for us. We know we have challenges, but I know our faculty and staff can collaborate, examine and adapt to offer a level of excellence to serve the needs of our students."

The afternoon session featured status updates, several existing education programs and proposals from faculty for new education programs to be considered by the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents. These proposals are based on information received through the college to accurately determine the needs of the 14-county service region that will allow the college to think strategically and effectively while moving forward to enhance academic programs.

"The time spent examining the data is thought-provoking as we continue to learn how we can improve and serve our students with excellence,” said Knighton. “Data Day allows the college a better way to understand, plan and target specific groups plus make programs as productive as possible to help our students succeed.”