Reports & White Papers

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In keeping with our promise to build a community that is learning together, we are pleased to share these reports and white papers. Check back for additional research, and explore the Civitas Learning Space for additional opportunities to learn from our community.

What Really Works: A Review of Student Success Initiatives

In our latest report, we analyzed 1,000+ student success initiatives run by dozens of institutions to answer key questions about what services and programs work best for students, and more specifically — which students benefit most. 


From Innovation to Impact

Planning for Higher Education Journal  |   Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

This peer-reviewed article explains why rigorously evaluating the impact of innovative student success initiatives is key in meeting institutional goals for student outcomes, resource allocation and return on investment.



Download our archive of reports, which illuminate new opportunities to drive improvement and dispel myths or conventional wisdom, while highlighting examples of how institutions are acting on these findings to improve outcomes.


What is the role of big data & learning analytics in higher education assessment?

Research & Practice in Assessment   |   RPA Journal

In this journal article, we review three studies on the role of student success analytics in higher education.



What Every Leader Needs to Know About Student Success Analytics

In this white paper, Civitas Learning’s Senior Fellow Linda Baer joins colleague Don Norris to explore what it means to lead in the age of analytics. The authors explored student success initiatives across the U.S. and found that some institutions are making good use of the plethora of data stored by institutions, but the gap is widening between those out in front in analytics-informed student success and their peer institutions.


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