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Forward-thinking Pioneer Institutions in Higher Education Join Civitas Learning in Using Advanced Analytics to Drive Student Success
|By Business Wire
|February 13, 2014 11:30 AM EST
Last week in Austin, a diverse group of forward-thinking education
leaders arrived from across the United States and Mexico, representing
their more than 260 campuses and 1 million students from two- and
four-year, small rural and urban elite, for-profit and state-assisted
non-profit institutions. The presidents, vice presidents, directors, and
CIOs gathered with a common goal: to work together to harness the power
of advanced analytics to improve student success.
This inaugural summit was hosted by Civitas Learning™, the Austin-based
start-up company on a mission to help a million more students graduate
every year by 2025. The event was invitation-only for the institutions
and systems that are signing on to be Civitas Learning Pioneers,
including: Alamo Community College, Aliat Universidades (Mexico), Austin
Community College, Bellevue University, City Colleges of Chicago, DeVry
University, El Paso Community College, Jacksonville State University,
Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Lee College, Morehouse
College, Nova Southeastern University, Penn State, Rio Salado College,
Strayer University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, University of
Arizona, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland
University College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of
Texas System, Valencia College, and West Shore Community College.
Together with Civitas Learning and its data analytics and application
suite, these institutions will work to gain greater understanding of
student journeys through their institutions and use these insights to
guide interventions; power applications for advisors, faculty, and
students; and inform effective practices and policy.
“There is so much promise in using advanced data science and design
thinking in education,” said Hank Childers, senior director of analytics
at the University of Arizona. “We’re particularly interested in joining
forces in this work with fellow committed educators from across the
higher education spectrum.”
“The skill and will of the colleges and universities assembled, and the
Civitas Learning team, make this work exciting,” said Clifford Russell,
chief information officer of Morehouse College. “As important, however,
is the clear understanding that each of us have to do this work in
keeping with our unique mission.”
Civitas Learning is intentionally beginning its work by focusing on a
select group of universities and colleges. These institutions are
committed to student-success innovation and to using data and analytics
to guide their efforts. These pioneers make up the next phase of leaders
that will help guide the Civitas Learning data science, application
development and student success-focused innovation.
“These pioneer institutions form the nucleus of a tough-minded community
of practice dedicated to exploring how to help higher education
institutions get the right data to the right people in the right way at
the right time,” said Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning
officer for Civitas Learning. Charles Thornburgh, co-founder and chief
executive officer, added, “Together with these leaders, we are embarking
on an exciting journey that holds the potential to help millions of
students make the most of their higher education experiences in the
years to come.”
Future summits will be scheduled and the best practices of partner
institutions will continue to be highlighted in the Civitas Learning
Space at www.civitaslearningspace.com.
For more information about Civitas Learning and how to become part of
the transformation, visit: www.civitaslearning.com.
About Civitas Learning
By building a community of forward-thinking higher education
institutions, Civitas Learning brings together the best of education,
technology and data to help college students learn well and finish
strong. Using a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging
applications, the company brings deep insight to decision makers in
education and delivers personalized, real-time recommendations directly
to students, faculty, advisors and administrators. The company’s unique
approach to predictive analytics informs decisions, big and small,
across the student lifecycle to help students select degrees and
courses, budget study time and identify ideal support resources; help
faculty and advisors identify at-risk students and how to intervene; and
help administrators identify which investments are working, understand
student performance, and forecast needs for staffing, programs and
courses. To date, Civitas Learning has captured valuable insights from
the student stories told in more than 5 million student records and 30
million course enrollment records. Civitas Learning is based in Austin,
Texas. For more information, visit: www.civitaslearning.com.
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