SPC recently hosted its partners from Civitas Learning as the two groups work toward implementing software that will help improve student performance. The college began collaborating late last year with Civitas, the Austin, Texas-headquartered company that works with colleges to build and implement data analysis systems. Civitas currently partners with more than 50 colleges and universities across the country.
Dozens of SPC leaders are now trained in Civitas’ predictive analytics software. With the tool, administrators can drill-down into student performance and understand underlying factors that contribute to and impede student success.
The product, called Illume, will be used in conjunction with other student success initiatives that SPC has launched to increase student retention and graduation.
“St. Petersburg College is a prototypical pioneer college, particularly when it comes to the use of data to improve student learning and completion,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Civitas Learning’s Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer. “They bring a tough-mindedness and mission focus to our partnership in analytics innovation, and we love that!”
Since 2012, the college has focused on preparing students to succeed in their courses and finish what they start through The College Experience. College administrators have relied on data and analytics to help improve the student experience and success rate, particularly among First-Time-in-College students.
“Illume is a fantastic and insightful persistence tool,” said Mathematics Dean Jimmy Chang, who is helping to spearhead the efforts of the Civitas partnership. “It is quite a complement to our existing systems, and effective use of them will help enhance our work with our students. This will lead to greater retention, persistence, success and ultimately completion.”
Through the partnership, SPC will launch the Degree Map software, giving students a richer, more intuitive online experience when planning and registering for classes. This new planning and registration system will use predictive analytics and leverage SPC’s academic pathways to provide students the best possible option for navigating through the curriculum.
During the day-long visit, project team members from SPC and Civitas discussed the status of the project and many of its details.
Other notable clients of Civitas include Florida International University, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, Penn State, University of Texas, Morehouse College and the University of Oklahoma.
In the photo above: Front row, left to right: Cheryl Gray, Senior Analyst/Programmer (SPC); Sharon Bobowski, Manager Programming & Support Student Systems (SPC); Amy Gregorich, Project Execution Manager (SPC); Bhavik Patel, PeopleSoft consultant; back row, left to right: Alex Huckabee, Technical Project Manager (Civitas); Eva Christensen, Director of Admissions and Records (SPC); Rebecca Roman, Partner Success Manager (Civitas); Dan Nyser, Product Manager (Civitas); Kevin Chee, Engineering Manager, (Civitas); Kyle Greenan, Art Director (Civitas)