Blackboard Achieve is only available to clients with the Blackboard Achieve license.

Blackboard Achieve enables institutions’ academic leaders to inform strategy and policy in online learning by surfacing actionable insights into student engagement, instructional practices and student performance at department and institution levels and highlights the factors that align with academic performance.

Blackboard Achieve will help you identify student engagement measures you should be tracking and then put these insights directly into your hands so you can know what’s working and what’s not down to the department, program, term, course and student.

Blackboard Achieve Reports

Navigate a Report

Reports start with tabs that represent different considerations of data in the report. For example, tabs in the Instructional Practices report include Class SizeCourse AccessGrading and Assessment, and so on. 

You can use the filters found in each tab to refine the report. After these filters are the data visualizations in the format of cards, charts and/or tables.


Each tab in the report has filters to refine the data for more specific results by institutional hierarchy nodes, terms, date range, and course information. By default, the report shows all data for the institutional data set.

  • Institutional Hierarchy Node: As configured in your Blackboard Learn Institutional Hierarchy. Only nodes with at least one course associated with it appear in this list. Each level of the hierarchy is separated with "II" between them. 
  • Course Term: As configured in your LMS. Only terms with at least one course associated with it appear in this list. Courses that are not associated with any term are grouped under the ‘No term’ option.
  • Date Filter Type: Choose between the course start or creation date.
  • Course Name: As configured in your LMS. You can select more than one.
  • Course ID: As configured in your LMS. You can select more than one.
  • Course Duration Type: As configured in your LMS. Choose between a fixed or continuous duration. Courses with an end date are fixed.
  • Course Role: The course roles are based on Blackboard Learn roles. Currently, the only available role is ‘I’, which includes instructors, facilitators, graders, and teaching assistants.

    The Course Role filter only appears in the Instructional Practices report.

Minimum Passing Grade Filter

Use the sliding bar or type the minimum grade learners must get to pass a course within a specific department or institution level. Select and move the dot on the sliding bar. Or select the numerical grade to edit it.

The Minimum Passing Grade filter only appears in the Student Engagement and Performance Alignment report.

Minimize the Filters

After you use the filters to refine the data, minimize them to see more of the data at once. Select the Controls header to minimize and expand the controls.

Screenshot close filter section option

Reset, Refresh, and Show Relevant Values

Point to or select a filter to see a more options menu. Open the menu to access these options: 

  • Reset: Return the filter value to the default option. 
  • Refresh: Refresh the data in the cards and visuals. Blackboard Achieve data refreshes nightly. Your data won't change if you select this option.
  • Showing only relevant values: Show the other filters that define what options appear in the current filter. For example, if the Course Name filter is based on the Course Term filter, then only fall courses appear in the list if you filtered for the fall term.
Screenshot of the more options menu for reset, refresh and showing only relevant values

Maximize the Card or Visual and Export to CSV

You can zoom in and export every card and visual in the report. Select the card or visual to see the menu with these options: 

  • Expand/Collapse: Expand or collapse the menu.
  • Maximize: Make the card or visual fit the screen.
  • Menu options: Open the option to export the card or visual as a CSV file. Use this option to view visuals in a tabular format.
Screenshot of more options, export to CSV


Point to a bar in the histogram for more details.

Using interval notation, the first two numbers in the details show the range of elements represented on the Y axis. This range starts at the first number and is up to but doesn't include the second number. For example, [30, 35) means that the bar range includes 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. The bar doesn't include 35. 

The Count number in the details is the total number of records included in the bar. 

Donut Chart Information

Point to an item on the donut chart to make the information clearer.

Screenshot of Donut Chart with active students count in number and percentages

Scatter Plots

Scatter plots show the relationship, or association, between two variables. Where the dot is located shows where the variables intersect and the association. As the dots cluster in a band from lower left to upper right, the association is positive. If the dots cluster in a band from upper left to lower right, the association is negative.

Point to a dot in a scatter plot to see the value for that individual data point.

Screenshot of scatter plot graph


Select table column headings to sort the information relative to that column.