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David Kil Joins Student Success and Analytics Innovator Civitas Learning As Chief Data Scientist

Former healthcare data guru to drive analytics platform and application strategy

Austin, Texas (October 15, 2013) – Civitas Learning today announced the addition of David Kil to the team in the role of chief data scientist. He will focus on a wide range of activities for the company, from continuing the build out of a sophisticated and sustainable institutional analytics platform to guiding the development of applications that use strategic data tools to engage students, empower faculty and support advisors.

“Dave brings remarkably relevant experience to our work from his time in the healthcare sector,” said Civitas Learning co-founder and CEO, Charles Thornburgh. “It was clear from our first conversation that the breakthroughs he had achieved in the use of data science to personalize interventions and recommend support resources to improve wellness could have a broad and transformative impact when applied to education. He is going to be a powerful leader in our student success work.”

Most recently, David was the chief science officer at HealthCrowd. Prior to HealthCrowd, he founded and was the CEO of HealthMantic, a company focusing on lifestyle-medical informatics. Prior to founding HealthMantic, David was chief scientist at SKT Americas and chief science officer at Humana, responsible for the development and deployment of healthcare informatics applications. At Humana, he led the design and development efforts in the enterprise knowledge engine, predictive modeling and outcomes analytics.

David holds numerous patents for his data and analytics work in the healthcare and other enterprise sectors. He has also published or co-published numerous peer-reviewed, academic articles on the topic of analytics and system design, including a book on pattern recognition and prediction published by Springer Verlag.

“There is a tremendous amount of innovative work being done in the world of analytics and data science, and so much of that work will pay tremendous dividends in the education sector,” said Kil. “Civitas Learning is both on the cutting edge of analytics and has a deep understanding of the challenges facing students and faculty today – the best of both worlds. I’m really looking forward to helping students make the most of their learning journeys.”

For more information about Civitas Learning and how to become part of the transformation, visit: www.civitaslearning.com

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Video of David Kil talking about analytics in education.

About Civitas Learning, Inc. (@civitaslearning)

By building a community of forward-thinking higher education institutions, Civitas Learning brings together the best of education, technology and data to help college students learn well and finish strong. Using a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications, the company brings deep insight to decision makers in education and delivers personalized, real-time recommendations directly to students, faculty, advisors and administrators. The company’s unique approach to predictive analytics informs decisions, big and small, across the student lifecycle to help students select degrees and courses, budget study time and identify ideal support resources; help faculty and advisors identify at-risk students and how to intervene; and help administrators identify which investments are working, understand student performance, and forecast needs for staffing, programs and courses. To date, Civitas Learning has captured valuable insights from the student stories told in more than 3 million student records and 15 million course enrollment records. Civitas Learning is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit: www.civitaslearning.com.