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October 11, 2017 // Press Release

New Data Reveal Key Opportunities to Improve Part-Time Student Success

Civitas Learning today released an analysis of data from 60 institutions designed to inform college and university efforts to improve outcomes and increase persistence, particularly for fast growing populations of part-time and nontraditional students.

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October 10, 2017 // The Bridge, PCC's Student Newspaper

Emergency Funds Offer $500 to Struggling Students

Last year the District Student Council voted to increase the Student Activity Fee. One of the things they decided to do with the increased funds was to to create the Emergency Grant Fund; this program will help students experiencing a financial crisis.

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October 5, 2017 // Austin Inno

Inno Blazers: Meet the Category Winners of Austin’s 50 on Fire

For the uninitiated, 50 on Fire is a contest that starts with hundreds of nominations from the community. Austin Inno — along with editors at other American Inno markets — then select the 50 most exciting companies, which is gauged by recent venture capital funding, employee headcount growth and innovative products. A panel of judges evaluates the 50 on Fire list and rank the top three companies in each category. After tallying votes, we have our category-winning Inno Blazers.

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October 4, 2017 // EdTech Digest

Better Together

A first-generation college student, Mark David Milliron came from a family of nine kids, with an African American brother, Native American brother, Korean sister—in total, 25 foster children, and was the first one to go on a higher education journey. It could have gone differently, but it hasn’t. Decades later, he’s doing what he knows how to do.

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October 4, 2017 // UA News

UA Retention Rates Exceed ABOR Goals

A campus-wide collaboration to increase student success, driven by in-depth data analysis, led to a significant rise in retention rates at the UA, where the 2017-2018 one-year retention rate exceeded the goal set by the Arizona Board of Regents.

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October 3, 2017 // Austin Business Journal

Opportunity Awaits: 6 Austin Tech Companies Hiring Top Talent Now

“While Civitas Learning’s mission — to graduate 1 million more students a year by 2025 — is at the heart of everything we do, we are also proud to be breaking ground on a next-generation data platform to revolutionize how education institutions use data to help students,” said Alex Victoria, CTO.

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September 29, 2017 // EdSurge

Can Technology-Augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates?

According to a 2016 report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, only 40 percent of students finish their bachelor’s degree within four years, and only 60 percent graduate from the college they began at within six years of starting. And while gaps in graduation rates across “race and ethnicity are narrowing,” those based on “gender and income are increasing.”

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September 15, 2017 // National Public Radio

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Christina Broussard was trapped in her grandmother’s living room for three days during Hurricane Harvey. Rain poured through the ceiling in the bathrooms and bedrooms.

Broussard’s a student at Houston Community College. Her grandmother is 74 and uses a wheelchair.

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September 5, 2017 // Austin Business Journal

2017 Fast 50: The fastest-growing companies in Austin

The numbers have been crunched, and the winners of Austin Business Journal’s annual Fast 50 contest — which highlights local companies that have grown rapidly in the past three years — have been revealed.

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September 5, 2017 // University Business

Texas Higher Education Community launches unified giving initiative

Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have come together to launch the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close to 500,000 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey–almost a third of all of the college and university students in the state. Announced today, HELP, which stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways, will provide emergency funds to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or more quickly return to their education pathway.

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