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Competency-Based Learning, Personalization, and the Rise of the ‘Multiverse’ in Education

Competency-Based Learning, Personalization, and the Rise of the ‘Multiverse’ in Education

Working at the intersection of institutions, innovators, and issue champions is a blessing. Of course you must be willing to ideate, engage, and explore–not to mention, bring a good amount of tenacity and grit to face tough issues, take a few stands, and learn hard lessons. However, you also have the pleasure of working with […]

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The Tao of Data in Higher Education: Conversations on Governance, Strategy, and the Culture of Care

The Tao of Data in Higher Education: Conversations on Governance, Strategy, and the Culture of Care

As part of an ongoing set of conversations here, we’ve been exploring how the approach to data in higher education is changing, and how our institutional governance, systems, and cultures have to change as a result. We’ve catalyzed conversations with practitioners like Judy Genshaft and Paul Dosal at the University of South Florida and Pete […]

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An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

 Visiting the Valley of the Sun in Arizona—i.e., Metro Phoenix—in the middle of August is always a toasty experience. Beyond the usual 100-degree-plus temperatures, my visit this week had a host of other warm moments, most of which related to watching new students getting ready for their first-foray into a fall semester. I was in […]

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Dancing with Data in Higher Education

Dancing with Data in Higher Education

Most leaders in higher education came of age in a day when dancing with data had different steps. Their dance with data was important, make no mistake. Getting solid data for boards, state regulators, federal agencies, and accreditors was at best required and at worst existentially threatening. Institutional Research (IR) departments took their work seriously; […]

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Podcast — It’s Hard to Make the Grade if You’re Hungry: A Conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Podcast — It’s Hard to Make the Grade if You’re Hungry: A Conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Food insecurity, housing insecurity, childcare issues, transportation challenges, work disruptions, textbook affordability, and so much more. The life and logistics issues that many students in higher education face are daunting to say the least. In the conversation that follows, one of the nation’s leading champions of better understanding our students’ challenges and catalyzing affordability innovation […]

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Harvey HELP: Helping Striving Students See the Signs      

Harvey HELP: Helping Striving Students See the Signs      

Far too many students in higher education don’t finish what they start. Those who leave the path are more likely to be low-income and first-generation students—many of them strivers who are looking to break cycles of poverty and be the first in their family to cross the graduation stage. For these students, we need to […]

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On Charlottesville, Hope, and Hard Work

On Charlottesville, Hope, and Hard Work

America, at its best, is a country of hope and hard work. In that vein, I hope that: We all send our love and prayers to the friends and families of those killed or injured in the violence of Charlottesville. We all recognize that the philosophies that under-gird Neo-Nazi’s and White Supremacists are evil and […]

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On Analytics Going Away

On Analytics Going Away

When it comes to the seemingly ever-present articles and conference conversations on analytics in education, there are educators, policy makers, and non-profit leaders muttering some version of “Please make it go away!” I’m one of them. However, I mean “go away” differently than you might think—and I don’t think I’m alone. What many dedicated educators […]

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Access and Success at the University of South Florida

Access and Success at the University of South Florida

One of the great joys to this work is watching our partner institutions bring focus and innovation to policy and practice as they work to help more students succeed. An impressive example of this kind of focus and innovation is the University of South Florida, where leaders have been leaning into using Illume to help every student have […]

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Some Highlights and Insights from the Recent Flood of Analytics Articles

Some Highlights and Insights from the Recent Flood of Analytics Articles

A few short years ago, there was little to be found in the way of conversations on data science and design thinking in higher education and student success work, much less actual practice. That is clearly changing. If you follow my twitter feed (@markmilliron), you’ve seen the flood of recent coverage about this kind of […]

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