Thursday, November 18, 2021

Looking At Graduation Rates

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Looking at Graduation Rates


Interactive: Tracking DCSS high schools' graduation rates
by Jon Boeckenstedt, Vice Provost of Enrollment at Oregon State University


"A lot has been made of graduation rates at America's colleges and universities.  Some point to what they see as rates that are too low, while others think that high graduation rates are a testament to something happening inside the college.

And I, of course, think graduation rates are mostly inputs, rather than outputs.  If your admissions process simply takes the most capable children of wealthy, college-educated parents, it's almost a certainty your graduation rates will be higher. If you take more risks in admitting students--either by mission or economic necessity--your graduation rates are going to be lower.

But there is still some interesting stuff in the IPEDS data.  A few caveats about this data:

First, I've started the views showing only traditional doctoral, master's and baccalaureate institutions.  Other types, which tend to be smaller, have noisier data.  You can look at them if you wish by using the Carnegie rollups, region, and control filters along the top.

Second, the four-, five- and six-year rates here are from consecutive years, not from the same cohort.  So it's technically possible that the four-year rate from 2016, for instance, could be a bit higher than the five-year rate from 2015."

>> The Data

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CROSS COUNTRY

2. For The Love of Running


Hawgood 82nd, Fisher 147th at NCAA Division III Championships - St. Olaf  College Athletics
by Seneca Norvell

"As a D3 runner, you come in knowing that D3 doesn’t get the recognition and shine of D1. Sure, D3 has exceptional studs like Kassie Parker and Fiona Smith, but it’s really the hearts on a team that makes the division special. It’s the people who start traditions, or the ones who want to run so badly they beg their head coach to let them on the team.

When I joined the St. Olaf cross country team, I came in knowing I was going to be a back-of-the-pack runner. These are the runners who don’t score for their team; who make it to the conference meet but certainly won’t break any records. Back-of-the-packers won’t be on the nationals team. They might be close, within seconds of grabbing the coattails of the top seven, but that’s not why they run.

It wouldn’t be D3 without these runners who don’t score, and who maybe aren’t even in contention to score. In fact, one could argue these runners are the reason D3 exists at all. There’s something special about the people who choose to run simply because they love the sport. Those who know full well they won’t see the glory of being a national champion. But they aren’t ready to give up the dream or the team just yet. Can you really blame them?"

>> Situational Awareness: "A certain vulnerability exists by putting yourself out there knowing you won’t achieve greatness in the traditional sense. A runner can push themselves to the edge — give everything they have in training and competition — and still fall utterly short of “greatness.” In D3, this vulnerability is everywhere. Your wins and failures are laid bare to your teammates, coaches and spectators."

>> Why It Matters: "A certain vulnerability exists by putting yourself out there knowing you won’t achieve greatness in the traditional sense. A runner can push themselves to the edge — give everything they have in training and competition — and still fall utterly short of “greatness.” In D3, this vulnerability is everywhere. Your wins and failures are laid bare to your teammates, coaches and spectators."

>> Quotable: “Being a middle-pack runner allows me to enjoy all sides of running: training hard and putting in the work with my teammates, racing in massive open invitationals, and spending the championship season being a cheerleader for our top squads." - Kellen Cesarone, DePauw

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POLLS

3. Take Your Mark


Here are the final editions of the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls for the 2021 season, released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), just five days before the NCAA Championships on Saturday, November 20. 

Men

  1. Wartburg
  2. MIT
  3. Pomona-Pitzer
  4. Williams
  5. Geneseo
  6. Claremont-M-S
  7. John Carroll
  8. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  9. Wisconsin-La Crosse
  10. Washington (Mo.)
>> Complete Poll

Women
  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Claremont-M-S
  3. Wartburg
  4. Washington (Mo.)
  5. Williams
  6. Chicago
  7. Wisconsin-La Crosse
  8. Geneseo
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Middlebury
>> Complete Poll
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4.  Senior Woman Administrator Program
 

"After a two-year delay due to the pandemic, the NCAA Division III governance staff is excited to announce the fourth annual Division III Senior Woman Administrator Program. Division III will provide funding for 30 senior woman administrators to attend a division-specific program April 21-22 in Indianapolis. 

The program’s goal is to provide professional development and networking opportunities for SWAs, in particular, those seeking to become athletics directors and/or conference commissioners. Topics discussed will include preparing your resume and cover letter for the next search, positioning yourself to advance your career, and discussing the SWA’s current role and responsibilities.

The application process is available on the  NCAA Program Hub, titled “2022 Division III Senior Woman Administrator Program,” until 5 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 30." 

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