Civitas Learning and Ruffalo Noel Levitz Bring Together Analytics and Expertise to Maximize Student Outcomes

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AUSTIN, TX (Nov. 8, 2018) — Civitas Learning and Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) announced a new partnership to help colleges and universities improve student outcomes across the full student journey, inventory and assess the impact of student success initiatives, and increase graduation rates.

Nearly 40 percent of student success initiatives have little or no measurable impact, according to new Civitas Learning research from more than 1,000 initiative impact studies with its partners. This fuels initiative fatigue among student success professionals and underscores the need to prioritize institutional resources and activities. By enabling institutions to seamlessly pair Civitas Learning’s powerful data science, student success technology, and data with RNL’s deep analytics, services across the student lifecycle, and team of higher ed experts, colleges and universities will be uniquely equipped to prioritize and personalize the most impactful student success strategies for their institution.

“Our partners are finding that best practices are important and directional; but choosing, testing, and tuning initiatives using their own data matters as much or more if they want to make the most of their student success work,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning. “We see this partnership with Ruffalo Noel Levitz as unique in higher education. It will help institutions take strategic action with their data faster and improve outcomes at scale, across the full student journey — from entry to endowment.”

Today, more than 1,900 colleges and universities rely on the expertise of RNL experts, services, and research. Civitas Learning, which pioneered the application of data science and analytics for student success, provides nearly 400 colleges with technology and analytics used by administrators, educators, and students to improve student success. Together through this collaboration, RNL will complement services provided by Civitas Learning, offering even deeper support to institutions in assessing and optimizing their student success investments.

“Institutions want to go beyond cookie-cutter best practices and instead develop a more sophisticated picture of the specific strategies driving outcomes on their campus,” said Sumit Nijhawan, President and CEO of RNL. “This is about looking at what’s working at an institution from the inside out through deep analytic insights, a vast team of higher education experts, and a comprehensive platform enabling services that engage students from the prospect stage to graduation to loyal alumni. It’s a turning point where institutions can evolve best practices into ‘next practices’ founded on their own data and practices. In doing so, they will be able to optimize their student success initiatives and generate the most significant outcomes for students.”

Representatives from the two firms will be attending the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Annual Conference on November 11-13 in New Orleans and will be speaking about this partnership in a series of meetings and events.

In addition, campuses can learn more about the partnership and request a campus assessment opportunity at

About Ruffalo Noel Levitz: Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the leading provider of higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising solutions. More than 1,900 colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations rely on RNL for advanced analytics, personalized engagement, and industry-leading insights to achieve their missions. The firm is focused on the entire lifecycle of enrollment and fundraising, assuring students find the right college or university, graduate on time, secure their first job in their chosen field, and give back to support the next generation. Ruffalo Noel Levitz conferences, research reports, papers, and articles help clients stay on top of current trends. Learn more at

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