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April 16, 2019 // Press Release

University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovative Group Study Program Boosts Student Persistence

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) today released the results of an ambitious effort to quantify the impact of student success initiatives, in collaboration with Civitas Learning. Designed to determine what works, and target resources at the most effective programs, the UMKC-Civitas Learning partnership was focused on identifying the best strategies to boost persistence among historically underrepresented minority students. According to data released today, the institution’s supplemental instruction program (which utilizes tailored group-study in lieu of remedial education) boosts student persistence by 7.8 percentage points.

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March 25, 2019 // eCampus News

Developing Higher-Ed Leadership From Within

Rachel Benavides is getting a look behind the community college curtain. What she sees is an industry going through tectonic change.

“In the past, community colleges have been more enrollment-based than outcome-based,” said Benavides, director of Del Mar College’s adult education and literacy program and a member of its inaugural Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA). “Now, instead of looking at the front end, we’re looking at the back end and what we as a college have to do to help students get to completion. This is all fresh and new to me.”

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March 17, 2019 // Ed Surge

Why are the Biggest Barriers to Student Success Bureaucratic?

Institutions of higher education are facing greater challenges today than ever before. Administrators are grappling with increasing accountability measures, tenuous public support, and the emergent expectations of a diverse student population. At the same time, higher education leaders are also now able to tackle these challenges differently, through access to more abundant data and new tools aimed at improving student success.

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March 13, 2019 // Built In Austin

Leading with change: How 6 Austin companies innovate to drive industry shifts

One of the quickest ways for a company to fade into obscurity is to remain stagnant. This holds especially true for the tech industry, where companies are expected to adapt to trends at lightning speed. These six Austin companies are well aware of the consequences that come with getting too comfortable and have instead opted for a path of ongoing research and reinvention. Here’s how they stay ahead.

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March 12, 2019 // Press Release

USF’s Transformational Collaboration with Civitas Learning Recognized by American Council on Education

At the annual convening of the American Council on Education (ACE), Sunday, the University of South Florida (USF), received the 2019 ACE/Fidelity Award for Institutional Transformation. The recognition highlighted USF’s pioneering partnership with Civitas Learning to bring together predictive analytics and personalized case management to improve first-year retention, increase graduation rates and close achievement gaps.

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March 11, 2019 // The University of South Florida

Leading Change in America’s Universities, USF Wins ACE Award for Institutional Transformation

The University of South Florida is a recipient of the 2019 American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation, a recognition of USF’s commitment to student success. The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period.

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February 25, 2019 // EdScoop

University retention is falling, but data interventions can help

The nation’s universities have seen enrollment fall for the last six years, meaning retention is more important than ever. One common first step colleges are taking is to introduce big-data solutions that analyze data to identify struggling students, which offers valuable insights into risk factors for dropping out.

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February 21, 2019 // Press Release

Francisco Partners Makes Growth Investment in Civitas Learning

Civitas Learning today announced a significant growth investment from Francisco Partners, alongside current education and impact investors including Rethink Education, SJF Ventures, and Lumina Foundation. The Austin-based company pioneered the use of advanced data science, design thinking, and machine learning to inform initiatives and improve student outcomes.

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January 30, 2019 // Inside Higher Ed

An Online Tax for Rural Students

High tuition fees for distance education courses are keeping some community colleges in Colorado afloat. But should rural students pay the price? When it comes to education, Colorado is a state of paradoxes. The state has one of the most educated adult populations in the country, yet young people who grow up there are less likely to go to college than those from many other states.

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January 30, 2019 // National Association of Student Financial Aid and Administrators

Report Explores the Effects of Reaching a College Completion Rate of 84 Percent

The Department of Education (ED) has taken many steps to better K-12 education standards, such as through the No Child Left Behind Act, which contributed to a national high school graduation rate of 84 percent for the 2015-16 academic year. A new report from the think tank Third Way explores the economic effects that would result if the college completion rate was equally high—which the author wrote is achievable if we dedicate the same “laser-like focus” to higher education and implement policy changes in the Higher Education Act (HEA) to increase retention rates.

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