What is the “Analytics Capacity Gap?”

Donald M. Norris – President Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


We have utilized our conversations with representatives of leading institutional analytics practitioners and vendors to develop some preliminary insights on the state of organizational capacity for analytics in higher education.  The focus has been on how to optimize student success and institutional productivity...


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.

Preventing Online Dropouts: Does Anything Work?

Marc Parry – The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 22, 2010

Kennesaw State University’s new study about retention strategies in online education, soon to be published in the International Journal of Management in Education, suggests that “nothing worked” in reducing online students from dropping out of courses.  But other commentators suggest that other measures that were not tried have proven successful in other settings.


7 Things You Should Know About Analytics

EDUCAUSE - April, 2010

This article by EDUCAUSE explores some of the most pressing issues in the use of analytics to increase student success in higher education including: what are analytics, how they work, who's using them, why it is significant, some downsides of their use, where their use is going, and what are the implications for teaching and learning?


Signals: Applying Academic Analytics

Kimberly E. Arnold - EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 33, Number 1, 2010

This article by Kimberly Arnold from the EDUCAUSE Quarterly provides a fuller description of the development of the Signals program at Purdue University, which enables faculty and students to receive real-time assessments, throughout the semester, of students’ performance in particular courses, normed against past experiences of successful students.  The article discusses how the program has been received and perceived by students.


NCTAF: Transform Teaching Through Collaboration

New publication says antiquated practice of teaching alone won't solve today's education problems
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor - eSchool News, July 1st, 2010

According to a new report, 21st-century teaching and learning can only occur if teachers and school staff work together as a collaborative team; simple adjustments to antiquated school policies and structures that are already in place won’t help.  The research brief, titled “Team Up for 21st Century Teaching and Learning: What Research and Practice Reveal about Professional Learning,” was conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America ’s Future (NCTAF), with support the Pearson Foundation. The publication gives school policy leaders and educators an extensive review of research and case studies on innovative teaching practices currently implemented by top-performing schools.


The Spaces Between Numbers: Getting International Data on Higher Education Straight

Clifford Adelman - Institute for Higher Education Policy, November 2009

The research report, The Spaces Between Numbers: Getting International Data on Higher Education Straight, reveals that U.S. graduation rates remain comparable to those of other developed countries despite news stories about our nation losing its global competitiveness because of slipping college graduation rates. The only major difference—the data most commonly highlighted, but rarely understood—is the categorization of graduation rate data. The United States measures its attainment rates by “institution” while other developed nations measure their graduation rates by “system.”


The Financial Aid Challenge: Successful Practices that Address the Underutilization of Financial Aid in Community College

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center - May 2010

This report highlights successful practices that help community college students take greater advantage of financial aid. Developed in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.


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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