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Office of Decision Support News

The Office of Decision Support is responsible for supporting the University leadership in its commitment to accountability and evidence-based decision making.

Current Decision Support News

Theater students practice on stage
Campus News | September 10, 2020

Some courses find themselves in unfamiliar environments as the logistics of social distancing require in-person classes get creative with their spaces.

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Campus News | December 19, 2019
Understanding How to interpret some key metrics in enrollment numbers.UNLV's retention and graduation rates.
Two students in commencement regalia are seen in silhouette
Campus News | December 5, 2019

Graduation is the ultimate sign of student achievement and the ultimate measure of accountability for a university.

A student raises his arms in celebration at commencement
Campus News | December 5, 2019

UNLV’s graduation rates among diverse student populations have consistently shown disparities over the years. But now, more than ever, the university is making concerted efforts to change the tide and see 50 percent of students complete their degrees within six years or sooner.

The sun sets on the UNLV Student Union
Campus News | December 5, 2019

As one of the most diverse universities in the country, UNLV must develop best practices to give traditionally under-served students access to the resources they need to successfully navigate their college experience.

Crowds walking the campus mall on welcome day
Campus News | October 17, 2019

University surpasses 31,000 students for first time in 62-year history; UNLV students are also staying in school and graduating at higher rates.

Recent Decision Support Accomplishments

August 16, 2021
Kristine Jan C. Espinoza and Blanca Rincón (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Lawrence Letourneau (Academic Enrichment and Outreach), Judd Harbin (Student Affairs), and Brent M. Drake (Decision Support) have received a $10,000 research grant award from APIA Scholars to fund a research project entitled, “Oceania in the Desert:...
August 11, 2021
Brent M. Drake (Decision Support) recently published the chapter "Momentum Stoppers and Equity Blockers. The Implications of Gateway Courses for Students at Their Transfer-Receiving Institutions" with his co-author Andrew K. Koch in the book The Transfer Expecrience: A Handbook for Creating a More Equitable and Successful Postsecondary System.
June 18, 2021
Qingmin Shi (Decision Support), along with Robin Cresiski (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Sandip Thanki and Lori Navarrete (both Nevada State College), recently published an article “Undergraduate Research at a Teaching-Oriented College: Seniors’ Perspectives and Approaches to Consider” in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and...
June 17, 2021
John "Skip" Crooker, Brent Drake, Celeste Calkins, and Qingmin Shi (all Decision Support) recently presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum. Crooker, Shi, and Drake presented “A Synthetic-Control Method for Estimating the Impact of 15-to-Finish." Crooker, Calkins, and Shi presented “Forward-Looking Model Predicting STEM...
December 4, 2020
Celeste Calkins, John "Skip" Crooker, and Qingmin Shi (all Decision Support) won the RMAIR 2020 Best Presentation for their recent presentation, “Instructors’ Grading Practices and Student Evaluations of Teaching”, at the annual virtual conference of the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research (RMAIR). This presentation examines how...
October 9, 2020
John "Skip" Crooker, Qingmin Shi, and Celeste Calkins (all Decision Support) recently co-presented “Instructors’ Grading Practices and Student Evaluations of Teaching” at the annual virtual conference of the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research. This study examines how student evaluations of teaching (SET) are related to...