Abracadabra:Tell us what the numbers mean? Unpacking retention and graduation student success research data using the magician’s bag of tricks.


CIRPA is very pleased to invite you to join University of Toronto’s Mariam Ali and Wei Xiong on June 16, 2020 as they share the session that nabbed them the 2019 CIRPA Conference Best Presentation Award. To register for the one-hour webinar, which starts at 10 a.m. Pacific/11 a.m. Mountain/12 p.m. Central/1 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Atlantic/2:30 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador, please click here and provide your name, e-mail address and the name of your institution or company. Thank you. For more information about the webinar, please see the short write-up below. 


As IR magicians, we transform 7 years of admission data into insights on student academic success, which includes retention (year 1 to year 2) and graduation (six year). We use magical tricks (Tableau, SAS and statistical models) to explore how factors (gender, financial aid, legal status, admission group, admission average, degree type and co-op status) are associated with retention and graduation. Our project is important because it contributes to student success research in Canadian higher education and will inform our institution’s academic policies and student success and interventions such as the newly launched ‘Get Finished Scholarship’.