Civitas Learning Welcomes Leading Colleges and Universities to Austin Summit as Institutions Look to Advanced Analytics to Help Students Succeed

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AUSTIN, TEX. (March 3, 2016) — Civitas Learning® announced today that University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Edinburgh are among the most recent institutions to join a community of nearly 100 colleges and universities now collaborating with the Austin-based education technology firm. The community of forward-thinking colleges and universities are using data science and design thinking to understand, streamline, and improve outcomes on the complex pathways students take through higher education.

The University of Texas at Arlington sees analytics as a critical strategy to its future success and has recently created an Office of University Analytics to reframe the use and importance of data to improve outcomes and shape policy. UTA was recently named as a Carnegie Classification Research-1 “highest research activity” university and is a pioneer in online education. It is the 5th most diverse university in the nation; the largest producer of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Texas; and has the 3rd largest School of Engineering in the state. Leveraging innovation, excellence and access, UTA is aligned to be the Model 21st Century Urban Research University.

And joining from Civitas Learning International, The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest English speaking universities in the world, and consistently ranks in top 20 lists of the world’s top universities. An innovative institution, The University of Edinburgh is exploring the use of data analytics to support and improve the student experience. They have recently appointed a Chair of Learning Analytics to help expand scholarly research in these areas.

“Institutions like UT Arlington and The University of Edinburgh are paving the way for unprecedented improvements in learning and college completion for students across the socioeconomic spectrum,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder of Civitas Learning. “We’re humbled by the opportunity to work and learn with leaders from these institutions and the growing community that’s coming together during our Summit at SXSWedu.”

The Summit will be the first time Civitas Learning has opened its partner sessions to the public, and will highlight the analytics work undertaken by a number of leading institutions. Among the sessions, Angela Baldasare (University of Arizona), Joe Schaefer (Strayer University), and Gerald Napoles (Lone Star College), will share perspectives on the use of predictive analytics to deliver tailored interventions to individual students. Additional programming includes a panel of foundation leaders from the Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation and the Greater Texas Foundation discussing the growing role data and analytics play in grant making.

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