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May 17, 2018 // Built in Austin

Tech roundup: Silverton Partners secures $108M VC fund, work well win comes to Austin, and more

Edtech analytics company Civitas Learning announced recently that Austin tech veteran April Downing will be joining its ranks as its first COO. She joins the company from WP Engine, where she served as CFO and helped grow revenues to more than $100 million in less than five years.

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May 17, 2018 // Inside Higher Ed

Buy One, Get One Tuition-Free

With more two-year colleges shifting focus from student access to completion, there is growing interest in how to ensure that more students don’t stop out after one year. An analysis released last week by Civitas Learning showed one in five community college students left college without a degree despite completing 75 percent or more of the credit threshold.

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May 11, 2018 // Austin Business Journal

Key exec leaves WP Engine to become first COO at Civitas Learning

April Downing has left the chief financial officer job at WP Engine Inc. to become chief operating officer of education-technology startup Civitas Learning Inc. The COO position is a new one at Civitas, which develops a suite of software tools for higher-education institutions, from helping colleges pinpoint at-risk students to tracking students’ progress toward graduation.

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May 11, 2018 // The Beat

Making Moves

April Downing, former CFO at WP Engine, has taken a new job as COO at Civitas Learning. Downing previously worked with Civitas as a financial consultant in 2012 and 2013 as the company was raising its Series B funding. But she is perhaps most known for her role as CFO at WP Engine, helping lead the company as it grew to $100M in revenue and raised a $250M investment from Silver Lake, one of the largest funding events in Austin startup history.

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May 11, 2018 // Press Release

Civitas Learning Hires Leading Software Executive to Accelerate Growth and Scale Outcomes in Higher Education

Student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the addition of a new senior leader to support the company’s continued growth and development of its leadership team. April Downing, a seasoned operational executive with more than 20 years of experience growing technology businesses, is joining Civitas Learning to become its first-ever Chief Operations Officer.

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May 10, 2018 // NASFAA

Report: Many College Dropouts Are More Than Halfway to a Degree

Millions of people across the country — many of whom also have student loan debt — never finished their programs, and a new report suggests nearly 1 in 5 of those students who do not graduate have three-quarters of the credits needed to finish. A new report from Civitas Learning released on Wednesday analyzed data from more than 300,000 students at 53 institutions across the country.

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May 9, 2018 // Campus Technology

1 in 10 Students Who Leave College Before Graduation Already Have 90% or More of Their Credits for a Degree

One out of every 10 students who fail to graduate from their college or university have already completed 90 percent or more of the credits they need for a degree, according to a new analysis from Civitas Learning. The student success company analyzed data from 53 institutions (30 community colleges and 23 four-year universities), totaling more than 300,000 students, to better understand “near-completer” students and how institutions can target their support services to improve graduation rates.

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May 9, 2018 // Tampa Bay Business Journal

Latest USF accolade signals its success in setting up a diverse future workforce

The University of South Florida is the best public university in the state at serving lower-income students, according to data published Wednesday by Third Way, a Washington D.C.-based organization. USF furthered its Student Success Initiative by partnering with Civitas Learning in 2014 to develop predictive analytics to help students succeed.

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May 9, 2018 // PBS News Hour

Opinion: Part-time college students have been left out. Let’s help them

More than 61 percent of America’s 6.2 million community college students are pursuing their studies on a part-time basis, often for financial or personal reasons. But until this year, those students were left out of federal data reporting systems on college retention. A new analysis from Civitas Learning found the average gap between full-time and part-time persistence rates at nearly 60 institutions was more than 12 percentage points.

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May 9, 2018 // Community College Daily

Close isn’t complete

Nearly one in five students at community colleges and four-year universities who don’t graduate have completed three-quarters or more of credits required for a degree, according to a new study. The analysis by Civitas Learning — which examined 30 community colleges and 23 four-year institutions that are clients — found that nearly 22 percent of non-persisting students at the two-year institutions it studied were at or above the 75 percent credit threshold.

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