ERIC Number: ED310660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Establishing a Longitudinal Student Tracking System: An Implementation Handbook.
Ewell, Peter T.; And Others
Basic principles and techniques for constructing a student tracking system, either at the institutional or system level, are presented and illustrated. The design, development, and utilization of the LONESTAR (Longitudinal Student Tracking and Reporting) system are described. The system, which provides information on student achievement, program effectiveness, student retention and persistence, and enrollment behavior, is based on a cohort tracking methodology. The following topics are addressed: (1) basic design issues; (2) selecting and defining tracking system data elements (demographics, educational background, enrollment status, term tracking, follow-up elements, and derived data elements); (3) constructing and maintaining the tracking database; and (4) defining and generating system reports (institution-level and state-level reports; progress, performance and remediation status and evaluation reports; and interpreting results and using the database). LONESTAR data elements and sample pages from the LONESTAR data element dictionary are appended. (KM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Computer System Design, Databases, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Program Implementation, Research Methodology, School Holding Power, Student Records
NCHEMS Publications, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302-9752 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.