Projects & Publications

Ongoing projects and research publications

BAR is involved in a variety of ongoing research projects and inter-departmental, inter-campus, and external partnerships. Learn more about our projects here, or contact us for more information about an existing or future project.

Drop, Fail, & Withdrawal (DFW)

What are the reasons for and results of D/F/W grades at IU Bloomington?

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Pre-college Credits

What types of credits new students arrive with, and how they impact the undergraduate experience?

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Retention & Graduation

What are the most effective ways to improve graduation rates?

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Equity & Inclusion

How can we support diverse student populations, especially in STEM courses and programs?

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Enrollment Planning for Social Distancing

How can statistical and predictive modeling support enrollment planning during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Selected publications, presentations, & awards

Peer reviewed articles, book chapters and practitioner papers

Invited paper in review Rehrey, G., Hostetter, C., Reynolds, A., Shepard, L., Groth, D. Engaging Faculty in Learning Analytics: Agents of Institutional Culture Change.  Journal of Learning Analytics. 

2021  Deom G., Fiorini S., McConahay M., Shepard L., Teague J. Data-Driven Decisions: Using Network Analysis to Guide Campus Course Offering Plans. College & University, upcoming.

2021  Deom G., Fiorini S., McConahay M., Shepard L., Teague J.Learning Analytics in the Context of COVID-19: A Case Study of Using Network Analysis to Guide Campus Course Offering Plans. Companion proceedings of LAK '21: International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, April 12--16, 2021, Online, Everywhere. – Best Practitioner Paper Award at LAK’21.

2020  Hickey D., Robinson J., Fiorini S., Feng Y., Internet-based alternatives for equitable preparation, access, and success in gateway courses. The Internet and Higher Education, 44 (2020) 100693.

2019  Burke M., Guest-Scott A., Koke A., Fiorini S., Rangazas A., Claiming Their Education: The Impact of a Required Course for Academic Probation Students with a Focus on Purpose and Motivation. JoSoTL, Vol. 19, No. 4.

2019  Rehrey G., Groth D., Shepard L., Hostetter C., The scholarship of teaching, learning and student success: Big data and the landscape of new opportunities. In J. Friberg & K. McKinney (Eds.), Conducting and Applying SoTL Beyond the Individual Classroom Level. IU Press.

2018  Fiorini S., Sewell A., Bumbalough M., Chauhan P., Shepard L., Rehrey G., Groth D., An Application of Participatory Action Research in Advising-Focused Learning Analytics. Proceedings of LAK '18: International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, March 5--9, 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

2018  Rehrey G., Groth D., Fiorini S., Hostetter C., Shepard L., Implementation of a Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program. Companion proceedings of LAK '18: International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, March 5--9, 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia. – Best Practitioner Paper Award at LAK’18.

2017  Matz R., Koester B., Fiorini S., Grom G., Shepard L., Stangor C., Weiner B., McKay T., Patterns of Gendered Performance Differences in Large Introductory Courses at Five Research Universities. AERA Open, 3 (4), pp. 1-11.

2017  Feng Y., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Groth D., The Effect of Grades in STEM Courses on Retention. In Whalen S.  (Ed.), Proceedings of the 13th national symposium on student retention, Destin, Florida. (pp. 416-427). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma.

2015  Motz B., Teague J. & Shepard L., Know Thy Students: Providing Aggregate Student Data to Instructors.  Educause Review Online: http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/3/know-thy-students-providing-aggregate-student-data-to-instructors

2014  Dennis Groth D., Hyden S. and Sauer M., Students in Transit: Understanding the Migration of Students between Disciplines and Disciplinary Groupings. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation. Paris, France, 65-70.

2014  Fiorini S., Liu T., Shepard L. and Ouimet J., Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis. In Whalen S. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th national symposium on student retention, Louisville, Kentucky. (pp. 460-473). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma. – 2014 Best Paper award from the Indiana Association for Institutional Research and a 2014 Charles F. Elton Best Paper awardee from the Association for Institutional Research.

2021  Castle, S. D., Byrd, W. C., Koester, B. P., Bonem, E., Caporale, N., Cwik, S., Denaro, K., Fiorini, S., Matz, R. L., Mead, C., Whitcomb, K. M., Singh, C., Levesque-Bristol, C., & McKay, T. A. (2021). Equity in the STEM Landscape: A Multi-institutional Approach to Mapping Systemic Advantages Within STEM Courses. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 9-12, virtual.

2021  Deom G., Fiorini S., McConahay M., Shepard L., Teague J. Learning Analytics in the Context of COVID-19: A Case Study of Using Network Analysis to Guide Campus Course Offering Plans. Presented at the International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK’21), April 12--16, 2021, Online, Everywhere. – Best Practitioner Paper Award at LAK’21.

2021  Deom G., Fiorini S., McConahay M., Shepard L., Teague J. Navigating COVID-19: Using Network Analysis To Guide Campus Course Offering Plans​ Presented at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum 2021, May 25-28, Online. And at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference, April 8 –9, Online.

2021  Bane A. A., Sai S. K., Fiorini S. and Shepard L. Implementation of two analytics projects on the Unizin data and analytics platforms. Invited presentation: March 12, 2021. Online, hosted at IU Bloomington.

2021  Fiorini S. SEISMIC Speaker Series: Opportunities, Origins and Access: New Dimensions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at IUB. Invited lecture: February 11, 2021. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

2020  Various authors + Fiorini S. four project reports related to WG1: Measurement. SEISMIC 2020 Summer Annual meeting. Online:https://www.seismicproject.org/2020-annual-meeting/

2019  Fiorini S. SEISMIC: Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses Project. Presented on November 1, 2019 at the monthly meeting of the Unizin Learning Analytics Community of Practice (LA CoP). Webinar.

2019  Folkestad, J., Rehrey, G., Shepard, L., Groth, D., Hickey, M. Developing a Learning Analytics Community for Ethical Discourse. LAK 2019 Half day workshop. Tempe, Arizona.

2019  Rehrey, G., Shepard, L., Groth, D., Evaluating a Learning Analytics Research Community: A Framework to Advance Cultural Change.  Practitioner paper.  LAK 2019, Tempe, Arizona. 

2019  Feng Y., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Groth D., Major Transitions in STEM: Transitions To Success. To be presented at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum 2019, May 27-31, Denver, CO.

2019  Fiorini S., Chaudhary M., Sauer M., Shepard L., Identifying roadblocks to graduation using graph analytics and association. To be presented at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum 2019, May 27-31, Denver, CO.

2018  Gunkel M., Rehrey G., Teague J. (2018).Encouraging Faculty Adoption of Learning Analytics: Whose Job is it Anyway? Presented at Educause 2018, Denver, Colorado, October 30-November 2, 2018.

2018  Sauer, M. Using AAUDE US News Data for Peer Comparisons.  Invited talk at AAUDE 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2018  Feng Y., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Groth D., Retention in STEM Fields: A Closer Look at Gender and Academic Performance. Presented at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum 2018, May 29 – June 1, Orlando, FL. And at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference, March 22 – 23, Indianapolis, IN.

2018  Fiorini S., Sewell A., Chauhan P., Shepard L., Groth D., Empowering student advising with partnership in Learning Analytics. Presented at the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference, March 25-27, Houston, TX.

2018  Fiorini S., and Chauhan P., IR’s Role in Empowering Student Advising Through Learning Analytics. Presented at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference, March 22 – 23, Indianapolis, IN.

2018  Kumar, A., and Shepard, L. Assessing the Impact of a Dual Credit Program. Presented at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference, March 22 – 23, Indianapolis, IN.

2018  Fiorini S., Sewell A., Bumbalough M., Chauhan P., Shepard L., Rehrey G., Groth D., An Application of Participatory Action Research in Advising-Focused Learning Analytics. Presented at the International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK’18), March 5--9, 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia. A version of this paper was also presented at the 2018 Gateway Course Experience with the title: Empowering Student Advising with Partnership in Learning Analytics, March 25-27, 2018, Houston, TX.

2018  Rehrey G., Groth D., Fiorini S., Hostetter C., Shepard L., Implementation of a Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program. International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK’18), March 5--9, 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

2017  Feng Y., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Groth D., The Effect of Grades in STEM Courses on Retention. Presented at the 13th national symposium on student retention, Destin, Florida, November 6-9, 2017.

2017  Poznaski-Ring K., Gelan D., Best Practices for Effective Dashboards. Presented at the Purdue Data Summit – Big Data track: Statistical Techniques and Actionable Outcomes, July 10th, West Lafayette, IN. 

2017  Liu T., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Groth, D. GPA, Retention, and Graduation in Learning Communities: A Multi-Method Study. Presented at the Purdue Data Summit – Big Data track: Statistical Techniques and Actionable Outcomes, July 10th, West Lafayette, IN.

2017  Macfadyen L., Groth D., Rehrey G., Shepard L., Greer J., Ward D., Bennett C., Kaupp J., Molinaro M. and Steinwachs M., Developing institutional learning analytics 'communities of transformation' to support student success. Workshop presented at LAK’17. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 498-499. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3027385.3029426

2017  Nagarajan, G., Fiorini S., Shepard, L., Groth, D. Facilitating Successful Course Pathways Using Recommender Tools: New Insights for Advisers. Presented at the Purdue Data Summit – Big Data track: Lessons Learned with Machine Learning Algorithms, July 10th, West Lafayette, IN. Versions of this paper were also presented at the INAIR Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 22-24 and as a poster presentation at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum in Washington, D.C., May 30 – June 2, 2017.

2017  Siering G. and Shepard L., Promoting Data-Driven Decision-Making through a Learning Analytics Fellows Program. Presentation at Educause: ELI Houston, TX, Feb. 2017. 

2016  Darlymple M. & Shepard L., Engaging faculty in the Scholarship of Student Success.  Presented at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 31-June 3.

2016  Liu T., Fiorini S. and Shepard L. GPA, Retention, and Graduation in Learning Communities: A Multi-Method Study. Presented at the at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR)Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 7-8 and at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 31-June 3.

2016  Rehrey, G. & Sauer, M., Collaborating for Student Success: Indiana University’s Student Learning Analytics Program.  Presented at T.E.A. the Tools for Evidence-based Action Conference, UC Davis in Davis, CA, February 3-4. 

2015  Fiorini S. and Bloomington Assessment and Research, Enhancing participation in student-related knowledge use and production at Indiana University. Invited presentation and the University of Michigan Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM-Analytics) part of the Digital Education and Innovation/Digital Innovation Greenhouse. Ann Arbor, MI, November 16.

2014  Groth, D., Hayden S. and Sauer M., Students in transit: understanding the migration of students between disciplines and disciplinary groupings.  Presented at the 18th International Conference on Information Visualisation. Paris France September 2014

2014  Fiorini S., Liu T., Shepard L. and Ouimet J., Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis. Presented at the 10th national symposium on student retention, Louisville, Kentucky, November 3-5. Previous versions of this research were presented on the same year as a paper at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR) annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27-28 and as a poster at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) in Orlando, Florida, May 27-30.

2014  Ouimet J., Fiorini S., McKay C., Liu T. What do Students Say About Their Experiences? The Culture of Surveys at IU Bloomington. Presented at The Indiana University Bloomington First Year Experience Conference, Bloomington IN, April 2.

2014  Teague J., Fiorini S., Shepard L., Sauer M., Building Foundations for Curriculum Monitoring in General Education. Presented at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR) annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27-28.

Research

2018-2021  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, participant in The Sloan Equity & Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses (SEISMIC) Project. Lead institution and grantee organization: University of Michigan.

2018  Society for Learning Analytics (SoLAR), Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2018, a Best Practitioner Paper Award for the paper: Rehrey G., Groth D., Fiorini S., Hostetter C., Shepard L., Implementation of a Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program.

2014  Association for Institutional Research a Charles F. Elton Best Paper for the paper: Fiorini S., Liu T., Shepard L. and Ouimet J., Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis.

2014  Indiana Association for Institutional Research’s Best Paper award for the paper: Fiorini S., Liu T., Shepard L. and Ouimet J., Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis.

2018  Gast, A. & Peczalska, A., The IU2U Impact: An Examination of a Pre-Arrival Orientation in Shaping International Student Retention, Academic Performance, and Experience. In S. Whalen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 14th National Symposium on Student Retention. Salt Lake City, Utah. (474-489). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma.