Analytics on COVID cases

Written Question

Due to the president’s focus on metrics, we now have a vice president for analytics. Even with this focus, we remain at the bottom of the metrics within the SUS. Further, I am concerned with how COVID-19 cases are being reported. We have significant data on various performance metrics but virtually no analytics on COVID cases—all we see are weekly counts. I would like the administration to provide a far better analysis of cases, especially as there is an obvious push by the

BOG for faculty and students to move toward more face-to-face classes.

I would like to remain anonymous, however I would appreciate if you could relay my concerns to appropriate offices on campus.

Answered

On the first point, I suggest reaching out to Bob Greenlaw, who is spearheading the UNF COVID response effort.  Also, trends in cases and who is being infected are regularly updated at https://www.unf.edu/emergency/Cases.aspx.

As for the impact of analytics, that one is easy.  Below are a few examples, all of which are directly attributable to the impact of analytics, particularly those outcomes involving enrollment, diversity, and retention growth.  Once we get the data from other institutions across the country, I believe you’ll find that the combination of growth in those three factors will be among the top 10 in the country, and perhaps even #1.  Also, had the analytics that generated the improvements below not been done, it is highly likely that we would have long since faced substantial layoffs, including the shuttering of programs.  Thus, analytics has had a direct hand in going from facing dire consequences to having one of the best success stories in the United States.

  • Freshman classes: 73% growthin last 5 years
  • Traditionally underrepresented freshmen: 163%growth in last 5 years (247% among Black / African-American)
  • Realized and forthcoming growth in tuition and fees due to 5-year growth in freshman classes: $76 million
  • First-year retention rate: 1 percentage pointgrowth in last 4 years, to a record UNF high
  • Graduation rates: 70% growthin last 5 years, to a record UNF high
  • Growth in metrics points: 47% growth in last 3 years (largest in the SUS), to a record UNF high
  • Performance funding received in the last two years: $25 million+

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