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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 universites 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

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...
June 17, 2020
Shaoan Zhang (Teaching & Learning), Qingmin Shi (Decision Support), and Emily Lin (Graduate College) published an article, “Professional development needs, support, and barriers: TALIS U.S. new and veteran teachers’ perspectives.” Drawing on 1,508 U.S. secondary teachers’ data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey 2013, this...
April 21, 2020
Qingmin Shi (Decision Support) along with Kathryn Tucker, Gwen Sharp, Tony Scinta, and Sandip Thanki from Nevada State College, recently published a paper, “Fostering Historically Underserved Students' Success: An Embedded Peer Support Model that Merges Non-Cognitive Principles with Proven Academic Support Practices” in The Review of Higher...
January 30, 2020
John Crooker and Qingmin Shi (both Decision Support) presented “ACT Readiness Benchmark Indicators and GPA Performance at UNLV ” at the 2020 Nevada ACT Conference, this month. Utilizing ACT readiness benchmark indicators, the researchers developed a strategy for identifying students at risk of retaining to their second fall term. The strategy...
November 6, 2019
Shiloh Bradley and Tina Nelson (Office of Decision Support) presented "Multiple Approaches to Assessing the Impacts of Student Success Initiatives: Three Examples at UNLV" at the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research (RMAIR) conference on October 31st in Midway, UT. Utilizing multiple data sources, research methods, and BI and...