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About the Program

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The Data Fellows program aims to foster a culture of ownership of data and solutions that drive change at the university and college levels. Data Fellows are composed of teams from each college and unit, who work together to become experts on institutional data and to develop projects that positively impact student success across the university.

Data Fellows are composed of “hub” teams from each college and unit. A team typically includes an Associate Dean, a faculty member, an advisor, and a department chair. Fellows are selected by colleges and units as representatives to inform ongoing data integration at the college and unit levels.

Together, Data Fellows explore the following institutional questions:

  • What can we do to understand and increase CSULB’s 4-year first time freshmen and 2-year transfer graduation rates in the context of best practices and policies at the national and state levels?
  • What accounts for the persistent opportunity gaps and how can we eliminate those gaps?
  • How can we better understand attrition on the degree progress pathway, especially in years 1 and 2? Who leaves? When and why?
  • How can we optimize course placement for freshmen in a way that maximizes success?
  • How can we optimize admissions while improving student success?