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March 29, 2017 // EdSurge

Crossing the Finish Line: Vetting Tools that Support Student Success

The Student Success Report includes: a framework to help decision-makers evaluate the tools that support student success, a market map of tools that support student success, elements for decision-makers to consider as they redesign support services for all learners, and seventeen in-depth product profiles detailing how products work and what differentiates them from other players.

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March 29, 2017 // The EvoLLLution

Data-Driven Decision-Making: Leveraging Predictive Analytics More Widely

The hottest topics on higher ed campuses today are unequivocally student retention and student success. As college and university academics and administrators, we cannot tackle these challenges without getting deeper, much deeper, into the realm of Big Data, predictive analytics and data science. Our critical path to success in improving the student experience is to develop a laser focus on data-based decision making.

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March 23, 2017 // The Evolllution

Big Data Versus Small Colleges

Institutional researchers at colleges and universities have been collecting and analyzing data about student recruitment, retention and graduation rates for decades. In recent years, however, these activities—under new rubrics such as “Big Data mining” and “predictive analytics”—have taken center stage in higher education thanks to the conviction that today’s technologies can allow us to base critical strategic decisions on solid data models rather than on anecdotal information or personal intuition.

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March 17, 2017 // The Evolllution

Analytics and the New Academy

Analytics! In higher education, seeking meaning in patterns only observable from a distance is changing the way we see and know our students. Blurry clusters of dots—whether in student demographics, behaviors or circumstances—can provide a broader understanding.

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March 15, 2017 // Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

How a Culture of Success and Analytics Transformed the Student Experience

In 2010, the Student Success Task Force at the University of South Florida (USF) presented a comprehensive plan to improve student success at the institution, based on the concept that student success is everyone’s responsibility.

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March 14, 2017 // Top of Mind With Julie Rose

Predicting Who Will Sink or Swim in College

Less than half of the nation’s college students graduate in four years, and even adding two more years to get the job done only increases the graduation rate to about 60%. So, colleges try to predict which students are going to struggle and funnel them into extra coaching and support services.

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March 13, 2017 // EDUCAUSE Review

A More Inclusive Awarding Policy: High School Percentile vs. Test Scores

Relying on SAT/ACT scores only to indicate college readiness and control decisions on admission and scholarships may steer qualified students away from higher education.

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March 9, 2017 // Utah State Today

Effective Way to Measure, Improve Student Success Comes to USU

Utah State University is piloting an innovative new system designed to better gauge student success, during the upcoming academic year. Eric McIntosh, strategic partnerships advisor at Civitas Learning, introduced the Student Thriving model to USU faculty and staff on March 9.

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March 8, 2017 // The Evolllution

Rallying Behind the Data: Building a Data-Backed Culture

Three years ago, we were in a tough spot. We had a set of ambitious retention goals to meet, we had a lot of data—albeit static, siloed, dusty data—but no “system” to collect or distribute it, much less act on it. We understood that the data at hand was informative, yes, but it was stuck in the past and not nearly reflective of our students’ lives.

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March 8, 2017 // Inside Higher Ed

Data, Doctors and Digital Learning

Years after an explosion of data changed how health care practitioners treated patients, a similar wave is poised to transform colleges’ understanding of their students’ learning.

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