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Postsecondary Perkins Online Data System (PODS)

Welcome to the Postsecondary Perkins Online Data System. Definitions for concentrators, the performance measures, and college peer groups appear below:

Participant definition
Concentrator definition
Performance Measure definitions
ICCB Peer Group list

The site is intended to promote program improvement and advance dialogue and discussion about strengthening performance. Information is available in a series of Excel spreadsheets. All colleges have the ability to view their own data, information from other institutions, and statewide figures. Training materials are available here.

Suggestions for Using the website. Colleges are welcome to use the website in a manner that best meets their individual program improvement needs. Some suggestions follow:

A recommended starting place is the Overview of College Results which provides overall institutional outcomes for a specific college.  Along with institutional data, statewide results are also included for comparative purposes.  Local and state trends over time are provided.  Local results are compared to statewide results.  If local college trends are negative, essentially flat or below overall statewide performance, colleges are encouraged to look more closely at demographic and special populations breakouts to determine which group(s) are negatively impacting overall performance.  Collaborate with colleagues to develop plans, identify milestones, timelines and responsible parties to elevate performance.  Prioritize local initiatives by starting with those measures where performance is relatively low or stagnant and then go back to identify   opportunities to build on the measures where local performance is relatively high. If the number of students in a particular measure is low consider options for increasing participation as appropriate.

Spreadsheets can be sorted to allow college officials to make a quick assessment of how local institutional performance compares with best in class performing colleges. Be sure to include all the columns in the sort range that you designate. Benchmarking local performance with peer institutions also provides useful information. The spreadsheets have been formatted to make them easy to print and they can be saved on your computer (using the Save As function). The PODS data and website are not intended for widespread distribution.

If you encounter technical problems with the website contact Todd Jorns at Todd.Jorns@Illinois.Gov or 217-785-0144. Questions about the measures or suggested enhancements to the website can be addressed to Nathan Wilson in ICCB Research & Policy Studies at Nathan.Wilson@Illinois.Gov or 217-558-2067. ICCB Career and Technical Education staff are also available to provide guidance and assistance.

We are interested in your ideas and insights. E-mail specific suggestions to enhance the Postsecondary Perkins Online Data System to Nathan.Wilson@Illinois.Gov.

START HERE -- Overview of College Results -- Institutional Performance Measures 1P1 through 5P2

Note: Depending on local settings on the end user's computer, some people have encountered a problem where a spreadsheet does not appear after clicking on the link. If this happens, try the following steps based on the version of Excel installed on your computer. Excel 2010 & Excel 2007 - From the top line tool bar left click on "View" and left click on "New Window". Excel 2003 - From the top line tool bar left click on "Window" and left click on "New Window". The missing spreadsheet should appear.

1P1 Technical Skill Attainment
2P1 Credential, Certificate, or Diploma Completers
3P1 Fall-to-Fall Student Retention or Transfer
4P1 Student Placement
5P1 Nontraditional Participation
5P2 Nontraditional Completion
Job Retention
CTE Participant Background
CTE Concentrator Background