Food for Thought - Entering the Era of Big Data

Higher education has been slow to take advantage of the promises of big data compared to other sectors. However, recent work funded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation is starting to shed light on the realm of possibilities for applying data mining and analytical techniques to teaching and learning.  How does your institution leverage data to understand what works and doesn't work with students?

Big Data's Arrival

Source: Inside Highe...


Food for Thought - Clearing the way for student data tracking systems...

To help achieve the administration's goal to be able to track student performance and outcomes throughout the student lifecycle with state-based student data tracking systems, the DOE is issuing new FERPA rules to make it easier for states to develop these systems.  Is your institution engaged in developing these student data systems?  How will your institution use the information tracked by these systems?  What steps are being taken to protect ...

Food for Thought - Making sense out of the data deluge...

As states work to create longitudinal data systems, the need for system and service providers that can help them effectively link systems, make data accessible, and create a new culture of effective data use is growing.  How can SGHE support states and institutions as they work to address these issues?

States Making Swift Progress on Student Data Systems
Source: Data Quality Campaign
Date: 2/8/11
The DQC's ...


Food for Thought - A new year, a new round of state budget cuts in higher education

Higher education budgets face further cuts  as state legislatures work to close huge budget shortfalls. In hard hit states like California, public institutions will likely face a new wave of budget cuts on top of double-digit cuts made over the last several years, while other states are being forced to cut even the most successful scholarship programs.  What must institutions do to address these new economic realities?



Summit Presentation Submission Deadline Extended to Wed 10/13

The Summit call-for-presentations system experienced performance issues Friday due to the significant volume of sessions that were being submitted. We apologize for the inconvenience and have extended the deadline to Wednesday, October 13.


Visit SunGard Higher Education at EDUCAUSE 2010!

SunGard Higher Education has lots of exciting activities going on at EDUCAUSE 2010. Here are some opportunities where you can connect with SunGard Higher Education representatives during the event:
We hope to see you there!

How to Select a CRM Vendor: Free Webinar on August 31

Are you evaluating CRM vendors? If so, be sure to attend the free University Business webinar on August 31 entitled "How to Select a CRM Vendor," sponsored by SunGard Higher Education. Hear Ovum analyst Nicole Engelbert's objective information on how to select a CRM vendor and learn how Banner Enrollment Management helped Tarleton State University to increase admissions and enrollment. Click here to register.


How to Select a CRM Vendor: A Complementary University Business Webinar

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Learn what you need to consider when evaluating constituent relationship management (CRM) solutions, and hear how one institution used CRM to achieve significant admissions and enrollment growth.

Tuesday, August 31 @ 12pm ET

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The "Formative and "Summative" Goals of Action Analytics

You may wish to join and login to the Action Analytics Community. I'm in St. Paul at the Action Analytics Symposium 2010 thinking about the goals of action analytics.  Shouldn't educators not only internally measurably monitor and continuously improve the practices and the processes that they and their employers use to advance students through the life-long education pipeline, but also understand in the aggregate whether those practices and proc...