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February 6, 2017 // NationSwell

The Simple Way to Keep Struggling College Students in Check

One morning last summer, Zulmaly Ramirez, an academic advocate who advises undergraduates at the University of South Florida, logged on to her computer and saw a notification that a new freshman was at risk of dropping out. The student, an off-campus commuter, hadn’t been signing in to the course portal, where reading assignments are posted, and his grades were slipping, the software showed. Ramirez asked the young man to stop by.

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February 2, 2017 // New York Times

Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data

A little less than half of the nation’s students graduate in four years; given two more years to get the job done, the percentage rises to only about 60 percent. That’s no small concern for families shouldering the additional tuition or student debt (an average of more than $28,000 on graduation, according to a 2016 College Board report). Students who drop out are in even worse shape. Such outcomes have led parents and politicians to demand colleges do better. Big data is one experiment in how to do that.

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January 26, 2017 // Huffington Post

Misdiagnosing Higher Education?

In a world where a degree is the price of admission for even entry-level jobs, college completion is fast becoming a moral imperative. And if we can’t improve the odds for low-income and first-generation college students, we risk excluding a generation from higher education’s promise of social and economic mobility.

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January 25, 2017 // Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Chris Bustamante: Maintain the Momentum at a College Known for Innovation

At some point in the history of any institution, inertia can take over and new ideas lose steam from “initiative fatigue”—a situation in which staff and faculty members view every potential project with skepticism. So how have Bustamante and Rio Salado continued to foster a culture of innovation, especially seven years into his presidency, a time when most college leaders are looking to move on?

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January 19, 2017 // eCampus News

Chicago Community College Taps Big Data to Measure ROI

“Real-time, predictive analytics and the ability to better analyze complex trends are powerful tools to better understand the barriers our students face and what actions can be taken to optimize student success,” said Patrick Bauer, Chief Information Officer at Harper College. “We are excited about our partnership with Civitas and look forward to leveraging the best in data science modeling.”

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January 17, 2017 // Yahoo News

One of the Nation's Largest Community Colleges Builds Data Analytics Capacity to Support Student Success

Civitas Learning will power the College’s new student success initiatives, supported by the federal Title III Strengthening Institutions grant program. Starting this semester, Harper College will launch a new series of initiatives that integrate holistic assessments, student advising, early warning systems, and academic interventions to ensure that all students receive individualized support throughout their academic career.

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January 17, 2017 // GoodCall

Which Students Are Most Likely to Experience College Success?

Getting into college is a monumental achievement, but it’s only half the battle. College students also need to perform well academically and avoid dropping out of school. That’s easier said than done, and college success has proven difficult to predict.

That could be changing.

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January 13, 2017 // The EvoLLLution

Looking Ahead: Five IT Trends for 2017

Here’s our take on taking the student-centered approach and we’d love to hear yours. Our wish for 2017 is that together, with all of us collectively ignoring monkey mind, we find tools, trends and practices that are strategic and integral to the campus of 2017. Five trends? Here they are:

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January 10, 2017 // Jisc

Learning Analytics and Student Success – Assessing the Evidence

This briefing summarizes some of the published evidence for the effectiveness of learning analytics initiatives. It highlights that there is an increasing number of studies using control groups that show that retention and other measures of student success can be positively influenced by the use of learning analytics to identify students at risk, combined with an effective intervention program.

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December 22, 2016 // Austin Inno

Here are 17 Austin Tech Companies to Watch in 2017

This year’s list features only one company — Civitas Learning — that was part of our 16 to watch in 2016.

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