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A few weeks ago, we released a new white paper, Making the Most of a Healthy Change in Education: The Emerging Student Success Platform. The paper dives into the data-fueled changes in the world of healthcare over the last two decades — changes that have challenged long-held assumptions, inspired a renewed focus on the basics as well as innovation, and improved outcomes. It then shows how the world of education is following suit, identifying key challenges, innovating at scale, and beginning to learn together about how to move the needle for striving students. Joining the conversation in the foreword to the white paper is former North Carolina Governor, Bev Perdue, who shares her perspective on how learning from these parallels holds the potential to help guide healthy changes in healthcare and education. At the close of the piece, I outline our take on the rise of emerging, analytics-fueled Student Success Platforms to help inform, implement, instrument and measure the impact of our student success work. Here is the four pillars framework: — Four Pillars of a Student Success Platform At its best, a Student Success Platform (SSP) should empower your institution and your students to make confident decisions that optimize opportunities to succeed. PILLAR I The SSP unifies and derives data from across your institution to create a clear view of the current (and future) state of your institution and your students. PILLAR II The SSP serves as the lifeblood of the student support ecosystem at your institution – your people, your processes, your technology – giving you a scalable platform for innovation. PILLAR III The SSP nurtures a personalized connection between your institution and each student you serve. PILLAR IV The SSP helps you shine a bright light on what’s working and what’s not in your policy, practice, initiatives and outreach so you can precisely allocate your time and resources to do the most good. — These student success platforms are at hand and they hold the potential to help millions of students make the most of their journeys in higher education. It’s worth our time to catalyze conversations about the related innovations, issues, and insights—and how they might impact our own efforts to helps students strive and thrive in higher education in the months and years to come!
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