Student Learning Progress Model

Dr. Erin Holmes, UAA Office of Institutional Research


To review additional information and view a video presentation of the 

Student Learning Progress Model, 

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Example Cohort - Student Flow over Ten Years

The Student Learning Progress Model is designed to address the limitations of the traditional Student Success Metric. Please read our introductory flyer and other material in the gold box below.

The model has been tested in 18 higher education institutions and is now available for license to other universities and colleges.

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Successful Learning Rate (SLR): Proportion of Courses Successfully Completed out of Total Courses Attempted


Attention & News


Chronicle of Higher Education article about the model: "U. of Alaska Researcher Presses More Inclusive Approach to Measuring Student Achievement" by Ryan Brown, July 17, 2011.

There will be a chapter about the model in the upcoming Handbook for Institutional Research, published by AIR and Jossey-Bass.



AIR National Conference - Alternate Measures of Student Success: Where Are We Now?, Long Beach, CA.  Presentation by Mary Ann Coughlin (Springfield College) and Gary Rice (Model Developer), May 2013.

Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) Symposium - Panel Presentation by Erin Holmes (BHSU), Cindy Boling (UCO), Carrie Ahern (DSU), Elizabeth Varga (GTC) & Gary Rice (UAA), November 1, 2011.

National AIR Forum - Panel Presentation by UAA and Springfield College, May 23, 2011.

Annual Convention of AACC - American Association of Community Colleges, April 9-12, 2011.

Higher Education's Third Horizon - WASC 2011 Academic Resource Conference (Western Assoc. of Schools & Colleges). Presentation by Elisa Mattison, University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School, April 6-8, 2011.

League for Innovation in Community Colleges - San Diego, CA. Presentation by Paula Martin, Kenai Peninsula College and Nancy Szofran, Mount Hood Community College, Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 2011.

AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting (American Association of State Colleges & Universities) Feb. 10-12, 2011. Presentation by UAA Provost Michael Driscoll and Associate Vice Provost Gary Rice.

Advisory Task Force on Higher Education/Career Readiness —November 8, 2010.  Sitka, Alaska. Task Force Co-Chaired by Alaska Senate President Gary Stevens.  Presentation by Associate Vice Provost Gary Rice.

PNAIRP (Pacific Northwest Association for Institutional Research and Planning) Fall Conference, October 4-5, 2010. Vancouver, British Columbia.  Presentation by Mount Hood Community College, Kenai Peninsula College and UAA Associate Vice Provost Gary Rice. 

For more information, please contact:

Office of Institutional Research
University of Alaska Anchorage
Phone: (907) 786-1493
Fax: (907) 786-1499