Using the Dashboards

Using Dimensions and Filters

You can disaggregate data on any dashboard by different student characteristics called “dimensions.” Click Select Dimension in the top-left quadrant of the dashboard and select the dimension you want to view from the drop-down. Only the bottom quadrants will disaggregate by the dimension you select. You can only select one dimension at a time. To clear the dimension, select Overall from the Select Dimension menu.

You can apply filters to further refine dashboard data. There is no limit to how many filters you can apply. You can see which filters you have selected at the bottom of the dashboard under Selected Filters. To clear all filters, select All from the filter menu.

Any filters you select will be applied to all tabs on the dashboard, but they will be cleared if you navigate to another dashboard.

If you apply a large number of filters, the dashboard may display no data. The dashboards hide values of 10 or less. You can view more information about the data on the Details tab.

Using Tabs

Subgroup Gap Analysis

You can use the Subgroup Gap Analysis tab on any dashboard to compare differences between two student subgroups. First, select a dimension, then use the checkboxes to select two elements (you can only select two at a time). The data is displayed in two circles with a bar in the center, which represents the gap. You can hover over a circle to see the percentage point gap for different student demographics.


The Details tab displays each cohort with six fixed dimensions in a table. You can hide a dimension by clicking the minus sign next to the dimension column in the table. This will also hide any columns to the right of the dimension except for the cohorts displayed.

Early Momentum Resources

  • Adelman, C. (2006). The toolbox revisited: Paths to degree completion from high school through college. Washington, DC: Department of Education.
  • Attewell, Heil & Reisel. (2012). What is academic momentum? And does it matter? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
  • Belfield, Jenkins & Fink. (2019). Early momentum metrics: Leading indicators for community college improvement. New York: Community College Research Center.
  • Belfield, Jenkins & Lahr. (2016). Momentum: The academic and economic value of a 15 credit first semester course load for college students in Tennessee. New York: Community College Research Center.
  • Complete College America website: Momentum Year.


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