Civitas Learning hosts SUMMIT 2016 at SXSWedu


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Summit March 2016

We’ve partnered with SXSWedu this year to bring you Summit during their once-yearly gathering of more than 7,000 thought leaders from across the education spectrum. We are excited to bring our partners a refreshing Summit experience that includes general sessions merged with SXSWedu, as well as exclusive partner-only programming. This once-a-year event is where you will learn more about how Civitas Learning partner institutions can turn the DIAL on student success.

SXSWedu is Monday, March 7 – Thursday, March 10. SXSWedu keynoters include Temple Grandin and Jane McGonigal with lots more to follow.

Civitas Learning National Advisory Board and Partner Leadership Council (CivPLC) meetings will take place in our offices on Tuesday, March 8

Our Summit will be held during SXSWedu on Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10. A SXSWedu badge is required to access Summit programming. See below for our full agenda.

Summit Agenda

Optional SXSWedu programming
Opening Keynote: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems
Temple Grandin, Professor of Livestock Behavior & Welfare,
Colorado State University


9 a.m. – 10 am.
Optional SXSWedu programming
To be Announced

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Strategic Leadership Meetings
The Civitas Learning National Advisory Board members and the Civitas Partner Leadership Council will convene in two meetings at the Civitas Learning offices in downtown Austin.


Civitas Learning National Advisory Board and Civitas Partner Leadership Council members are invited to enjoy lunch with Civitas Learning team members. Meet and mingle with the data engineers, data scientists, product managers, strategic partnership directors, advisors, managers, and others committed to the Million More Mission.

5 – 7 p.m.
Civitas Learning Team Happy Hour – Private Event
Join us to unwind and wrap up the day with beverages and snacks. Open to National Advisory Board members, Civitas Partner Leadership Council and Civitas team members.


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. SXSWedu Programming
Keynote: How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist
Jane McGonigal

Director of Games Research & Development, Institute for the Future

Best known for her work as a pioneering game designer and author of the bestselling books Reality is Broken and SuperBetter, Jane McGonigal, PhD, has also spent the past decade working as a futurist.

In this playful one-hour master class, you’ll learn the three most important techniques of future forecasting, while taking a tour of five of the most surprising potential futures for education in the next decade. The final 15 minutes of this session will be devoted to playing a collaborative future forecasting game that Jane has designed just for the SXSWedu community

11 a.m. – 12 noon
SXSWedu Sessions

12 noon – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.    (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 8)
Summit Opens
Brief Remarks from Civitas Learning’s CEO Charles Thornburgh and Chief Learning Officer Dr. Mark Milliron.

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 8)
Coffee Connector – Civitas Learning Regional Ecosystems

Get to know other leaders in your region. Discuss important policy and practice. Find peers and learn how to reach the solutions you need at your institutions together. Partner Success Managers and Strategic Partnership Directors will moderate discussions. Civitas Learning’s Co-founders will join regional tables to listen, learn, and share insights from regional experiences.

The Coffee Connector Wednesday morning is private to Civitas Learning Partners only. All other sessions Wednesday are open to the attendees at SXSWedu, in addition to our partner community.

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 6)
Civitas Learning Partner Talk Show
Take a look inside the work leading institutions are doing in creating effective analytics infrastructures.

In our earlier Partner Talk Shows, leading institutions shared beginning insights and plans for integrating analytics. Hear directly from some star leaders in the Civitas and see how they have used the Student Insights Platform,™ along with their own ingenuity and integrated analytics, to build infrastructures that turn the DIAL, optimizing DATA, maximizing INSIGHT, informing ACTION, and improving LEARNING. Learn how this work improves decision support for students, faculty, and staff across the institution.

Speakers: Angela Baldasare – University of Arizona, Joe Schaefer – Strayer University, Gerald Napoles – Lone Star College System, and Mark Milliron (moderator).

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 6)
Analytic Catalytics – Powerful Examples of Analytics Innovation
Multiple five-minute presentations.

These TED-style talks from Civitas Learning partner institutions will highlight how they are improving student success by bringing systems (and people) together and optimizing data, developing hypotheses and diving into insights, preparing to take action, and planning how to measure and accurately report on the impact of their work.

Speakers: Lisa McIntyre – Arizona State University, Jeff King – University of Central Oklahoma, Randy Stiles – Grinnell College, Celeste Schwartz – Montgomery County Community College, Laura Mercer – Sinclair Community College, June Marlowe and Melissa Burdi, Chamberlain College of Nursing

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

5 p.m. – 6 pm.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 6)
Foundations of Change: Using Analytics in Grant Projects
Panel moderated by Dr. Mark Milliron
National and regional foundations have funded significant student success innovation, practice, and policy. Increasingly, however, there is a realization that these initiatives need to be both grounded in and powered by sophisticated data strategies. Come hear leading foundation executives explore the promise, possibility and necessity for analytics in grant projects on the road ahead.

Speakers: Wynn Rosser – Greater Texas Foundation, Scott Jenkins – Lumina Foundation, William Moses – Kresge Foundation, and Mark Milliron (moderator).

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Foyer)
Civitas Learning Data and Drinks
Join Civitas Learning leadership and our partner institutions on the 4th floor mezzanine of the JW Marriott for a happy hour with demo stations and lively conversation around this work. SXSWedu edupreneurs welcome! Come visit with us about your ideas.

8 p.m.
Dinner on your own
Enjoy all that Austin has to offer in the bustling downtown district with an array of the city’s best restaurants in walking distance.


7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
PRIVATE: All Civitas Learning Thursday sessions are exclusively for Civitas Learning Partners

Coffee Connector: Who’s Your Match?     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 8)
As we build our community, our Partner Services team is working to professionally match you with another member of the community we think you’ll benefit from knowing and networking with. It might be shared work on grants, questions about two-to-four year pathways, or an interest in boosting already high graduation rates. Come get your coffee and meet your new colleague in the Civitas. Think of it like speed Data-ing.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Break Outs –
Choose from these amazing opportunities to share knowledge and build our practice.

#1: The Future of Degree Planning     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 1)
This session explores the end-to-end student experience, showing how College Scheduler can line up with Degree Map for a comprehensive student advising and registration experience. Speakers: Dan Nyser – Degree Map™ Product Manager, Robert Strazzarino – Founder, Managing Director College Scheduler, and David Kil – Chief Data Scientist. Dave Kil will end the talk with some intriguing data science work around the degree planning process.

#2: Turning the DIAL with Illume & Inspire:    (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 2)
Walk-through use cases for how Illume is moving insights to action to learning through the Student Lists feature. Experience the NEW Illume Courses module in action from identification of impactful courses all the way to Student Lists. End the talk with the vision for the future and how the connection between Illume and Inspire can move the DIAL to learning through the Illume Impact module. Speakers: Jacob Rios – Illume® Product Manager, and Irina Tyshkevich – Inspire® Product Manager.

#3: What Leaders Need to Know: Big Questions and Emerging Solutions from Across the Civitas     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 3)
Our Partner Success Advisors are pooling their talent to share research findings and expertise across a variety of hot topics in education including scaffolding struggling students, organizational strategy and change management. This session launches their blog. Come meet these experts and let them know what topics you want to discuss this year in the blog. Speakers: Linda Baer, Leon Hill, Eric McIntosh, Mara Richard, and Rob Robinson.

#4: Change Management – Learn How Peers Create Cross-Functional Teams to Optimize Their Use of the Student Insights Platform™. (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 4)
This session explores the power of Illume® across the institutions and highlights the promise of developing cross-functional teams for your Illume Power Users to integrate the insights and actions taken across the institution. Speakers: Paul Dosal – University of South Florida, and Michael Preston – The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 am. – 11 a.m.     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 6)
Analytic Catalytics – The Voice of CIOs in the Field
Multiple Five-Minute Presentations

Come learn what leading CIOs are doing to create a robust analytics infrastructure at their institution. These short and lively five-minute talks pack a lot of information that you can bring back to your work at your campus.

Speakers: Clifford Russell – Morehouse College, Phil Komarny – The University of Texas System, and Link Alander – Lone Star College.

11 a.m. – 12 noon     (JW Marriott, 4th floor, Salon 6)
The Road Ahead for Civitas Learning
This popular session takes you through the current platform and apps and looks at what is in the pipeline for R&D, partnerships and product innovation. This session include Laura Malcom – VP Product and other members of the Executive Leadership Team at Civitas Learning.

12 noon – 3 p.m.
SXSWedu Closing Session
Speakers to be Announced


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