Achieving the Dream and SAS Seek to Transform Student Journeys with Analytics

Community College Leaders to Share Expertise at Data & Analytics Summit

Silver Spring, MD (September 7, 2017) – Community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) and analytics leader SAS are convening more than 200 higher education representatives to help them employ analytics throughout their institutions. Attendees will learn how to integrate analytics into the curriculum and use it as a tool for institutional capacity-building to prepare students for in-demand careers and boost student success overall.

The 2017 Data & Analytics Summit, themed Analytics Inspires Action, takes place September 13-15 at The Hotel at University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

In addition to a welcome by SAS CEO Jim Goodnight and opening keynote by ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout, the Summit includes a panel of leaders whose institutions are among the first community colleges to offer courses and certificates in data science and technology.

Other sessions showcase the role of data in strengthening colleges’ abilities to retain diverse students, improve advising and student support, streamline transfer, and empower faculty to make changes based on real-time information about their students’ academic experiences.

“With expertise from analytics leader SAS, Achieving the Dream’s Data & Analytics Summit demonstrates all the ways data can prepare students for tech-based careers, improve transfer, and expand colleges’ connections to the labor market,” said Dr. Stout. “Events like the Summit help support colleges in keeping data at the forefront of our shared work to improve student success.”

“Community colleges are critical to generating the data-savvy talent organizations need to compete today,” said Emily Baranello, Vice President, SAS Education Practice. “At the same time, the enrollments and operational complexities of community colleges often rival or exceed traditional four-year schools. Analytics can help institutions enroll and retain more students, with greater rates of success in school and beyond.”

Attendees of the Summit will hear from presenters representing Pierce College (WA), Montgomery County Community College (PA), Community College of Philadelphia (PA), Community College of Allegheny County (PA), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI), Central Piedmont Community College (NC), Augusta Technical College (GA), Northern Virginia Community College (VA), Montgomery College (MD), Columbus State Community College (OH), and Mohawk Valley Community College (NY).

Attendees may also attend sessions offered by representatives of The Aspen Institute, Gallup, EMSI, the National Student Clearinghouse, New America, EDUCAUSE, and the Association for Institutional Research.

For more information or to register, visit ATD’s Event page.

Follow the conversation at the Summit on Twitter at #ATDSAS2017

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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