Potential CLAR research topic

Potential CLAR research topic

Hello CLAR members! A member of CLAR, Dr. Craig Follins, has offered this potential very interesting, relevant and applied research project that would align with the Center's research interests. I will be reaching out to several of you in the coming days and weeks to deteremine who may want to contribute to this research topic.


Research Study Idea


Dr. Craig T. Follins


Member, Center for Learning Analytics Research

University Phoenix

January 30, 2019



RE: Proposed Research Analytics Study


The Mission and Purpose of The University of Phoenix is to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the performance of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities.

To that end, the currently exists a need to explore the outcomes of graduates to determine if the mission and purpose of the University of Phoenix has helped them achieve their professional goals, improve the performance of their respective organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. As there are some 1,000,000 plus alumni since the inception of the University in 1976, there should be a large pool of potential research participants to draw from.

The exploration of these outcomes serves as an opportunity to provide real time data, analytics and strategies to help ensure that the University mission is met, and provides a method to provide continuous improvement for educational outcomes. The methodology for such a study will be to sample a pool of 100 graduates inclusive of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs who have at least 5 years of professional experiences since they graduated from a UOP program.

The research study will be inclusive of industry clusters such as healthcare, business, Information technology, law, criminal justice/law, social sciences, energy, finance, engineering, education and government. The research methodology would be qualitative-narrative allowing participants to be interviewed and tell their respective stories through their lived experiences. Neither the participants nor their respective organizations will be identified. The analytics from the summary of this proposed study will be shared with University stakeholders.

The data collection method will include a heavy reliance of social media to collect and analyze data. The research study participants will include graduates from around the world.



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