Dissertation Defense - Lovenoor Singh Aulck
You are cordially invited to join us for the Dissertation Defense of Lovenoor Singh Aulck.
Leveraging large-scale educational data to examine the freshman experience using machine learning and causal inference methods
Friday, August 30, 2019
8 AM - 10 AM
Husky Union Building (HUB) Room 214
Institutions of higher education are constantly collecting student-centric data, be it application information, transcript records, or graduation histories. Despite this wealth of data, traditional institutions, where learning is primarily on-campus and in-person, are often limited by infrastructure and personnel in their ability to transform their data into useful information to make data-informed decisions. In this work, I employ supervised machine learning and econometric techniques to utilize data that is routinely collected at traditional institutions of higher education to improve institutional processes and better understand students. First-year, first-time students face numerous challenges as they transition to post-secondary education and, as a case study, I examine two phases of their academic careers: their enrollment decision prior to starting their college education and their first year on campus as they adjust to college life and work towards graduation. In all, this work demonstrates how academic institutions can apply data-centric techniques and contributes to long-standing education theory on post-secondary enrollment, acclimation, and persistence.
- Jevin D West, Chair
- Min Sun, GSR
- Emma Stuart Spiro
- Joshua Blumenstock