Civitas Brings Completion-Oriented Big Data
Career College Central summary:
Many colleges are flirting with how to use predictive analytics to boost their graduation rates. But big data is often just a flashy way to spend money on reports aimed at administrators, argue the leaders of Civitas Learning.
They say data science works best when converted to practical tools that faculty members, advisers and students themselves can use. And the company, which is a relatively new player in education technology, so far has signed up more than 25 institutions — including statewide systems and national chains of campuses — to give its products a whirl.
Mark David Milliron is co-founder and chief learning officer of the Austin-based Civitas. A former high-profile official at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he moved to the company last summer from Western Governors University’s Texas branch. Milliron’s role with Civitas says a lot about the upstart company’s focus on the national college completion push.
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