Attesting to the college’s national reputation for using ‘real-time’ data and information to improve student outcomes, Bill Law, SPC President, and Jesse Coraggio, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services, shared some of SPC’s best practices at the inaugural Data and Analytics Summit Sept. 9-10.
The summit, held in Cary, N.C., was sponsored by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history and SAS, a global business intelligence software company. Since 2012, SPC has been a member of the Achieving the Dream Reform Network, which includes more than 200 institutions, 100 coaches and advisors and 15 state policy teams in 34 states and the District of Columbia, helping nearly four million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
The summit, using the theme Leveraging Analytics to Optimize Student Success, brought together nearly 200 representatives from about 80 community colleges to deepen understanding of data as a strategic asset to improve student outcomes. Attendees gained insight on strategically using analytics to:
- optimize student success
- improve student engagement and outcomes
- analyze workforce data
- advance institutional research.
The end game for all data techniques and efforts is putting students on a path to rewarding careers.
“Achieving the Dream network colleges owe much of their success in strengthening student achievement to their use of data,” said Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “As analytics software becomes more sophisticated and easier to use, its potential to drive even more student success is skyrocketing.”
In their presentation, entitled “Uphill Challenge in a Flat World: Moving the Organizational Needle,” Law and Coraggio discussed the 12 Steps to Create a Data-Informed, Values-Based Culture. They include:
- Start with strategic guiding principles
- Provide a mission focus
- Create a unified student experience
- Make data available to everyone
- Empower front line staff
- Make sure your money follows your values
- Be collaborative and transparent
- Provide ongoing training on new and existing initiatives
- Develop the next generation
- Encourage innovation
- Involve others in the conversation
- Keep forging ahead
To further lead the movement for accountability and student success in higher education decision making, SPC will host the second annual Moving the Needle Conference on Oct. 28-30 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. Last year’s conference drew more than 150 attendees from 26 colleges and universities, including eight presidents and 37 vice presidents.