OSU has partnered with the data analytics vendor, Othot, since Fall 2019 to help recruit our growing freshman classes. In May 2022, OSU expanded our partnership to support continuing students on their paths to graduation.
The implementation timeline for the Othot retention module is below. We are focusing our initial efforts on generating predictive models for first year students (freshmen and transfers). This is the most intensive stage as IRA builds the foundations for our recurring data sharing processes. Once we have a tested and trusted model for first-year students, we will continue to develop models for students through six years at OSU.
Data privacy is one of our chief concerns and has been a frequent topic of conversation as our reports have been developed. Wherever possible, unnecessary data has been eliminated from reports, sensitive data has been simplified or obscured, and personally identifiable information has been withheld. Data is transferred using a secure portal, and Othot has several data protection strategies in place.
|December 20, 2021|
|Othot Contract Signed|
|May 1, 2022|
|OSU Hires Staff Member to Support Othot Project|
|May 16, 2022|
|Othot Retention Contract Begins|
|June - July 2022|
|Initial OSU Data Processes Built|
|First Training Data Files Submitted for First Year Students|
|August - December 2022|
|Othot Reviews Data Files|
|OSU Refines Processes|
|Othot Develops Retention Prediction Model for First Year Students|
|Estimated Spring 2023|
|Fall 2022 Data Uploaded to Test Predictive Model|
|Slate Integration Developed|
|Pilot Partners Test OSU Strategies|
|Submit Training Data Files for Continuing Students and Start Development Process|
|Estimated Fall 2023|
|Full Implementation for First Year Students|
|Testing and Pilot for Continuing Students|