On-Demand Webinar

The Importance of Data in Student Retention & Well-being

As universities continue their plans for the year ahead, understanding the current landscape of retention and student well-being is now more important than ever. They need a comprehensive overview of incoming students, potential fallout, and most importantly how to keep students safe and healthy.

Watch the on-demand recording below to learn how Appalachian State University, Arizona State University, and Western Michigan University are currently using data to address common challenges around retention and ensure students’ needs are met.

This webinar covered:

  • Presentations from each university on how they’re leveraging analytics for retention & wellbeing
  • Panel discussion between Tableau experts and our presenters
  • Live Q&A

About the speakers


Alecia Chenault

Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Education, Western Michigan University

Alecia Chenault is the Assistant Director in the Office of Health Promotion and Education at Western Michigan University. Alecia earned a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Public Health from Western Michigan University. She has had a career in college public health since 2011 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her areas of interest in public health are curriculum development, program implementation, evaluation and assessment. She enjoys utilizing data to tell the story of the health of a community or population and focuses on using assessment and data to drive decisions that promote equity and social justice. In her free time Alecia enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, working with her partner in their vegetable gardens, doing yoga, and kayaking


Jenna Graham

Management Research Analyst, Sr., Arizona State University

Jenna Graham is a Management Research Analyst, Sr. for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Arizona State University. Jenna earned a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and a Master of Education in Counseling (Human Relations) from Northern Arizona University and has additional coursework in Advanced Analytics in Higher Education from Arizona State University. In her 20 years in higher education, Jenna served in various roles including student recruiter, academic advisor and retention specialists. Additionally, she’s served on many university planning committees/projects related to student retention, which have allowed her to work collaboratively with many university partners including faculty, staff, students, administration and community members. In her current role as Management Research Analyst, Sr., Jenna uses those past experiences to shape raw data into storytelling dashboards for New College’s senior administration team.


Virginia Moench

Enrollment Management BI Analyst, Appalachian State University

Ginny Moench is a Tableau Desktop Certified Associate and works as an Enrollment Management Business Intelligence Analyst at Appalachian State University. With a BA and MA in anthropology, Ginny began learning Tableau in 2012. Since then, she has implemented Tableau at two institutions, trained colleagues to use the software, led Tableau workshops, and co-founded the annual Tableau Analytics Day at ASU. She enjoys finding new and creative ways to visualize higher education data. Her favorite part of the job is helping others discover insights in their data and realize the power of Tableau.


Dan Smillie

Vice President of Tableau's higher education practice

We help educators see and understand data.

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