Understanding Enrollment: Developing a Comprehensive Data File and Conducting Trend Analysis
The purpose of this project was to better understand enrollment trends related to first-year, direct-from-high school applicants for admissions to postsecondary education institutions. Analysis of this trend information could be used to evaluate program effectiveness, to assist in developing award allocation strategies, and to create a historical benchmark for future assessment projects or program evaluations. A secondary purpose of this project was to develop a model for use in conducting assessment and trend analysis projects using other institutions' student populations. To complete this study, a comprehensive data file was developed with specifically selected information from students' records in the admissions, registrar's, and student financial aid offices.