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Stephen G. Pelletier
University of Maryland University College has taken tech innovation to the next level, spinning off a company that helps other institutions upgrade their technology and analyze data for better outcomes while funneling profits to Maryland students in need.
Smaller colleges and universities depend just as much on finance, human-resource, and student-information software as larger institutions do. To increase their buying power on information technology—along with legal services and other big-ticket needs—more than 50 private nonprofit colleges and universities have joined forces to create the Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium.
In this exclusive Q&A, Perry Samson, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, shares the impetus and implications of a high-tech tool he developed to help colleagues gather and apply data about their own lectures to improve their teaching.
More and more, higher education is relying on technology to quickly gather, analyze, and act on data that can improve campus efficiency and more effectively educate students.
Employers are having a hard time identifying candidates who possess particular skills. Job candidates are struggling to make themselves marketable in a rapidly evolving labor environment. To help bridge the gap, Lumina Foundation has invested $1.49 million in the Comprehensive Student Record Project to collect, document, and share student outcomes and competencies that reflect learning in both academic and nonacademic contexts.
The problem is not having enough data—the challenge is in using data to move the needle on key goals. Leveraging a data-driven student-advising system, Georgia State University has boosted six-year graduation rates by more than 20 percentage points and eliminated graduation gaps.
Digital technology’s role at colleges and universities often floats in a zone of subjectivity and contingency.
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad highlights a broad spectrum of strategic insights and best practices from some of higher education’s foremost practitioners and thought leaders.
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