Civitas Learning (https://www.civitaslearning.com) has announced its launch in a press release dated May 22nd. Civitas Learning is combining student demographic, behavioral, and academic information with analysis and recommendation technologies, and data modeling approaches. The Austin-based company has raised $4.1 million in funding from Austin Ventures, First Round Capital, and Floodgate.
Civitas Learning was founded by Charles Thornburgh, a former senior executive at Kaplan, Inc. where he spent nine years as an in-house entrepreneur, launching several EdTech businesses in the K12 and higher education markets. Early in his career he founded Testtakers.com, an education technology startup that developed the first rich-media, prescriptive online SAT prep tutoring application, and ClickSafety.com, a market leader in online safety training.
“Our academic leaders and faculty have a passion for improving student outcomes, but higher education currently lacks the common data infrastructure necessary to develop, assess, and iterate scalable solutions that have a broad and lasting impact,” said Charles Thornburgh, CEO, Civitas Learning. “Even well-intentioned investments in innovative online learning platforms, or richly supportive interventions, can’t realize their full potential without the ability to carefully measure their impact on learning, course completion, and degree attainment.”