By The Center for Student Analytics | May 1, 2017

USU Presents on Analytics at Annual Civitas Summit

The future of analytics in higher education is changing dramatically, and Civitas Learning is at the forefront of this new direction.
- The Center for Student Analytics

 

The future of analytics in higher education is changing dramatically, and Civitas Learning is at the forefront of this new direction. With more than 100 partner institutions, Utah State University (USU) was one of 14 invited to present at the Civitas 2017 Summit in Austin, Texas. USU’s invitation to present reflects the university’s leadership in the emerging academic analytics field.

“With the new tools being offered by Civitas, it’s important for universities to understand how to use data for current students, forecast what may happen, and make decisions accordingly.”

Mitchell Colver, analytics tools administrator in Academic and Instructional Services (AIS), and John Louviere, AIS executive director, both presented during the three day conference. Colver explained that successful implementation of new analytics tools at a university requires the institutions culture to change and adapt.

“Universities are used to analyzing past data, and hoping they use it to help future students,” said Colver. “With the new tools being offered by Civitas, it’s important for universities to understand how to use data for current students, forecast what may happen, and make decisions accordingly.” Colver’s presentation was encored – there was not enough space for everyone who wanted to attend, so they offered it a second day on the fly.

Louviere presented on the nearly limitless opportunities Civitas offers universities when it comes to analytics. Civitas federates data from banner, canvas, and students’ card swipes, allowing clients, like USU, to create unique, innovative ways to view the data. “Until now, conducting research or building applications at a university-wide scale has been prohibitive, because there were not efficient ways to compile, sift, and organize the mountains of messy data,” said Louviere. “We are working with Civitas to make data more accessible and usable, opening up research opportunities unlike ever before.”

Having access to so many different perspectives of a single set of data gives university staff and faculty the ability to help students based on their individual situations. The ultimate goal is to give university staff more ideas and insights into how to help students achieve success.


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