Grade File Term Performance and Characteristics

This corner of the internet shows aggregate student performance by academic term or year.

Spring 2019 was not "solidified" at the time of this file generation. Fall 2018 data is up to date. Some students will not have a session GPA or grades in Spring 2019 because the term is not complete. This is a limitation of space-time ( as the author understands it). It will be updated in the next major revision of this page at the end of the spring semester.

The number of students is down from the enrollment peak in Fall 2011.

The average Session GPA based on the student academic session. There are different filtering options to the right of the visualization, but the overall result is the consistent improvement of session GPAs. Fall is the primary term with the most students in a given academic year. Although Spring has fewer students, it also shows improvement. Summer is a bit of a wildcard.

The students with good session GPAs continue to improve as a percentage of the entire fall population. Major changes in the percentage of the students with really poor grades and also with students on the upper end of the GPA spectrum.

 
Christian's cool photo

Student Session Grade Point Average Groups

Technically “Bins” in Tableau

This section shows different groups of students. These large groups (bins is the technical term) provide an ability to identify macro trends. Many of them are positive, minus the total number of students, we would like more students to attend SSU.

The first visualization shows the total number of students in each of the Session GPA groups. The groups are in increments of 1.5. Currently, it is not possible to earn a 4.5 so the 3.0 group stops at 4.0. Even though this group is only 1.0 wide, there are still a lot of students that reside there. It is a great place to be, it certainly improves future opportunities like graduate school.

This chart shows the results in one chart. So if you only want to see students that were first-time freshmen and sophomores, click those boxes. The result will be the combined total.

This chart is kind of cool because of the grade filter. If you select the "B" group it will show you the Session GPA for the students that earned a "B". If a student earned more than one type of grade, such as an "A's" and "B's" then that student would show up in either condition. In the event earned only one type of grade, like straight "A's" (YEAH) or "F's" (YIKES), then they would only appear in that group.

Thie chart below is just like the previous one except the classes are separated. We do have an overall trend in the enrollment (down) so if something is moving up, it moves against that stream.

There are also real improvements in certain class/year/term combinations. The first-time freshmen are getting much better grades compared to a few years ago. There are things the campus community has done to improve these scores.

The next chart is just like the last two charts with one difference, it compares the performance of students that took at least one developmental course at SSU.

The total numbers are dropping and we also have some improvements (last year) with students that took a developmental course and earned a Session GPA of at least 3.0.

These charts are all "riffs" of each other. The next one is just like the developmental course because it sets up two different groups for compare and contrast. This one is students that earned an F or no credit (NC). This chart shows the percent total of each academic year down the chart.

As an example, 32.22% of the first-time freshmen in academic year 2010/2011 earned a poor grade (F or NC) and has a GPA of less than 1.5. Contrast that with Fall 2018, almost 57% had no bad grades and at least a 3.0. That is a change we can believe in!!!!!!!!!

The chart below shows the number of students that earned a zero (0.00) grade point average. Again, we have had a decline in the entire student population, but some of these drop-offs are wonderfully steep. If these slopes were hills you would not let your loved ones use a sled down them. Y (over MX+B) would you unless safety was not a concern.

Anyway, there were a lot of students during peak enrollment years that did not do well. Though Shawnee State University continues to support an open-access mission, many of the reductions are significant. There is a line for the maximum and minimum values.

Again (again), the chart shows how students in a year, that earned a GPA performed compared to their peers that do not meet the condition. In this case, it is earned a degree at Shawnee State University.

A few notes...

1. This does not care what type of a degree a student earned. Some calculations care about that sort of thing, this does not.

2. Time is an issue. So a first-time freshman from Fall 2018 may not have had time to earn a degree compared to a senior from 2013.

3. These are SESSION GPAs, not Cumulative GPAs. Therefore, it may make sense that a student that performed poorly as a senior may not have graduated.

4. This chart maxes out in AY 2015/2016. This gives some of the first-time freshmen a chance to do something. However, the item mentioned in number three is valid and will come up again on another page.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley
— https://www.forbes.com/sites/ekaterinawalter/2013/12/30/30-powerful-quotes-on-failure/#de21ec424bd1

That said, we are happy there are fewer students earning bad grades on campus. Nothing fancy here, just the total number of students that earned an F or No Credit.

Also not to fancy, the total number of students that took a developmental course. This is "kind of" fancy because the average session GPA is color coded.

A key finding is the number of first-time freshmen that need a developmental course is down AND they have much better grades compared to their developmental forebears of yore.

A note of thanks to the Ohio Department of Higher Education for their support a few years ago. They helped us create an environment where many of our most vulnerable students were able to create a foundation for future success. You can see it in the aforementioned improved session GPAs. The dark blue starts about when the grant started. We also made some changes but even though some of the best things in life are free, funding for academic support is not.