Faculty Sponsor

Tiffany Kolba


Analytics and Modeling

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-29-2022


This research project explores attendance trends for the Hesse Center at Valparaiso University. The Hesse Center, located in Gellersen Hall, provides help sessions and walk-in tutoring for students in mathematics, statistics, and engineering courses. Students may have scheduling conflicts with help sessions and walk-in tutoring hours, leading to resources allocated in a way that does not optimally benefit students who need tutoring. This project is intent on bridging any gaps between the Hesse Center and the students at Valpo so that each student has more opportunities to thrive. The goal is to determine when students attend help sessions the most so that the Hesse Center can optimize their resources and provide help to a wider range of students. Attributes such as the semester, course, day of week, and time of day are analyzed to see where the attendance trends occur. Critical values such as the number of visits and the number of distinct students help determine when students attend most and which courses draw individuals for tutoring. Enrollment data and the average number of visits per student are also analyzed for better insight. Graphs are constructed to summarize and easily interpret the large amounts of data provided by the university. From the data visualizations, the university can make effective decisions to better allocate resources for students in need.