In early February, a diverse group of forward-thinking education leaders from more than 20 institutions arrived in Austin from across the United States and Mexico, representing their more than 260 campuses and 1 million students from two-and four-year, small rural and urban elite, for-profit and state-assisted non-profit colleges, universities and systems. The presidents, vice presidents, directors, and CIOs gathered with a common goal: to work together to harness the power of advanced analytics to improve student success. These leaders came to participate in the Civitas Learning Inaugural Summit.
The event was invitation-only for the institutions and systems that are signing on to be Civitas Learning Pioneers.
The event included welcome remarks from Adam Dell of Austin Ventures; a panel discussion with three partners who were among the six early joiners to the Civitas Learning community; a lively group discussion of the issues and challenges each institution faces; and the beginnings of a thriving network of colleagues with the like-minded goal of using analytics to improve student success. A series of rapid-fire, TEDTalks-style presentations rounded out the afternoon.
“These pioneer institutions form the nucleus of a tough-minded community of practice dedicated to exploring how to help higher education institutions get the right data to the right people in the right way at the right time,” said Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer for Civitas Learning. Charles Thornburgh, co-founder and chief executive officer, added, “Together with these leaders, we are embarking on an exciting journey that holds the potential to help millions of students make the most of their higher education experiences in the years to come.”