Student tracking relies on the identification of a particular group of students (cohort) that meet all of a selected set of criteria, such as the term they first enrolled in college. The most common cohort tracked is that of freshmen entering an institution for the first time and enrolling full-time—a group that is widely used as a benchmark for national retention and graduation rate studies.
Developed originally to support research on student retention, student tracking databases and reports are now used in accountability reports to Nevada legislators, the NSHE Board of Regents, accrediting bodies, and the federal government. More recently, UNLV is tracking student progress as part of a strategic emphasis on identifying factors related to student success.
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