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Gilfus Analytics Launched

Leveraging our history in the development of Learning Management Systems, Gilfus Analytics is an elite team of independent industry experts from the Gilfus Education Group focused on developing strategies for the development of Academic Analytics and eLearning Intelligence in education. The Gilfus Analytics team can develop a strategy around learning analytics for your organization.
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How data analytics work in a college

Goodwin, L. (2010) Solving the ‘It’s my data’ mess University Business, November/December 2010

This is a short summary of an article from a new book from the Council of Independent Colleges and SunGard Higher Education. The article identifies the tricky policy issue of agreeing common definitions of the same factors across an institution so [...]

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Conference on learning analytics: Banff 2011

Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs

The 1st International Conference on Learning and Analytics: 2011

Learning Analytics & Knowledge: February 27-March 1, 2011 in Banff, Alberta

The growth of [...]

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Charting a Necessary Path: The Baseline Report of Public Higher Education Systems in the Access to Success Initiative

Jennifer Engle and Mary Lynch - National Association of System Heads and The Education Trust, December 3, 2009

In fall 2007, the leaders of two dozen public higher education systems formed the Access to Success Initiative.  With support from The Education Trust, the system heads worked toward the goals of increasing the number of college graduates in their states and ensuring that those graduates are more broadly representative of their states' high school graduates.  This document represents the first report to the public on the progress of that initiative.

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Opportunity Adrift: Our Flagship Universities Are Straying from Their Public Mission

Kati Haycock, Mary Lynch, and Jennifer Engle - The Education Trust, January 2010

This paper discusses how despite efforts to provide greater access to higher education for low-income and minority students, many public universities still spend millions in funding for wealthy students and have not reached those who need help the most.

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Top Gap Closers: Some Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities Have Made Good Progress in Closing Graduation-Rate Gaps

Jennifer Engle and Christina Theokas - The Education Trust, College Results Online, January 2010

Even as college college-going rates have increased there still exists in this country a large gap in degree attainment between white students and their minority counterparts.  This paper explores the efforts of universities that have had success in closing this gap in student success.

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College-Ready Students, Student-Ready Colleges: An Agenda for Improving Degree Completion in Postsecondary Education

Luis Soares and Christopher Mazzeo - Center for American Progress, a Progressive Growth Policy Paper

In this paper findings from the Center for American Progress are used to explore how improvements can be made to help students become more equipped to succeed in college and the changes that colleges can make to ensure that their students do succeed.

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With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities About Why So Many Students Fail to Finish College

Jean Johnson, John Rochkind, Amber N. Ott, and Samantha Dupont - Public Agenda with support from the Gates Foundation

This report analyzes the reasons why so many U.S. students fail to complete college, tests assumptions about these reasons, and tries to identify solutions that young people themselves say would help most.

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Background: Addressing Access to Financial Aid

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, November 12, 2009

The Gates Foundation is working to try and change existing financial aid policies to better serve the low-income adults that most need it to remove the greatest barrier to there completion of postsecondary degrees.

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Background: Technology in Postsecondary Success

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, November 12, 2009

This white paper highlights the ways in which emerging technology and the use of online courses and other innovations show promise in reducing the cost and inconvenience of postsecondary education, a first step towads increasing completion rates.