Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

Congratulations to all! 16 Years in a Row–#1 Best UG Engineering Rankings
Sep 9

Congratulations to all on receiving the Number One Rankings in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (U.S. News & World Report – America’s Best Colleges for schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s.) In addition, the following academic programs have received the top honor for the ABET-accredited programs being ranked (at schools where doctorate not offered): #1 in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Let’s Go Rose!

Baccalaureate (Academic) Alumni Survey 2013-2014
Jan 16

The 2013-2014 Baccalaureate (Academic) Alumni Survey is being conducted on RoseSTEM, Rose-Hulman’s online alumni network, between January 16 and February 28 for alumni who graduated in 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2012 (corresponding to the current alumni survey plan of 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20 years out).

The primary purposes for administering the alumni survey are regularly seeking feedback from key constituents, our alumni, on their collegial experience and their suggestions for improving our degree programs. In addition, aggregated survey results will be incorporated in our self-study reports to both the program and institutional accrediting agencies (ABET and Higher Learning Commission).

In order to reduce the burden on our alumni from receiving numerous and potentially duplicate requests for information, the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, Institutional Advancement, and Alumni Affairs are collaborating on administering this year’s alumni survey on RoseSTEM. RoseSTEM is our official online alumni network that offers up-to-date alumni news, class notes, photos, and event information to all alumni. We are hoping to utilize this platform to keep our requests for recurring information update to the minimum by providing opportunity and online access to our alumni for updating their profile information at their convenience. Information about targeted professional development and other social events of interest could then be directed to alumni who have expressed interests in their profiles. In addition, with updated alumni profile information on RoseSTEM, future alumni survey and other inquiries could be tailored to specific topics of interest without adding to the length of the survey forms for background information already existed in alumni profiles.

If you have any suggestion or idea to make our communication works better for you, please share your thoughts with Timothy Chow, Director of Institutional Research, at your convenience. Thank you for your attention and Let’s Go Rose–the Fightin’ Engineers!

What is “R-HIT Link”?
Jun 21

News story on “R-HIT Link” (through Vice President Cornwell) from US News and World Report on June 18, 2013 by Kelsey Sheehy: 20130618_USNews_KelseySheehy_Colleges-Fight-To-Retain-Interest-of-STEM-Majors (PDF copy).

(original post: August 30, 2012)

In November 2009, Art Western, former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty now Emeriti Faculty, assigned an ad hoc task force to study the retention trends of first year students at Rose-Hulman. Members of the task force consisted of Patsy Brackin, Timothy Chow, Peter Coppinger, Sarah Forbes, Erik Hayes, Roger Lautzenheiser (chair), Richard Lepkowicz, Ed Mottel, and Anne Watt. The committee’s charge was to:

• Work with the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) staff to design a “factors” study in an attempt to identify causes of student attrition during and immediately after the first year at Rose-Hulman.
• Review the results of that study and recommend any changes that we might make at the Institute that would improve first year student retention in a cost effective manner.

The task force, which met several times as a whole, as well as working in subcommittees, throughout the second and third quarters of the academic year 2009-2010, prepared a final report with several recommendations to be carried out during the current academic year 2010-2011. Members of the task force during the current year are Timothy Chow, Peter Coppinger, Sarah Forbes, Erik Hayes, Roger Lautzenheiser (chair), Susan Smith-Roads and Patty Trifone.

Quoting from the final report, the following high-level recommendations are highlighted in the Executive Summary:

“……In order to improve student success, the task force recommends that three groups of potentially at-risk students be identified: Group 1 identified before starting at R-HIT, Group 2 identified throughout the first year based on academic weaknesses, and Group 3 identified throughout the first year based on non-academic attributes (poor attitudes, study habits, time management, etc). To help students in these groups, a more permanent “student retention” committee should be formed which will be charged with the tasks of interpreting survey results from faculty teaching first year students, first year advisors, and residence hall counselors. Furthermore, this newly formed committee will be responsible for verifying the at-risk students follow the stipulations established by this task force (see section on recommendations).”

So, what is “RHIT Link?” The “RHIT Link” survey is the online tool for helping to identify first year students who might fall under “Group 3″ as stated above. Faculty teaching first year students, as well as resident assistants are invited to complete the survey around mid-term of each quarter. By doing so, potentially “at-risk” (of attrition) first year students could be identified and the task force, first year advisors, and/or other campus groups may explore options in reaching out and helping these students to make adjustments to their first college year. At Rose-Hulman, we are dedicated to the success of every student and this is one of the many ways we are exploring to promote success of every student enrolled.