Achieving the Dream and SAS to help community colleges drive student success with analytics

Data and Analytics Summit convenes community college, education and technology experts

Silver Spring, MD (September 7, 2016) –  Achieving the Dream (ATD) and analytics leader SAS are collaborating to teach more than 200 community college representatives to make impactful and sustainable changes in students’ academic experiences. Attendees from around the country will gain deeper understanding of sophisticated hardware, software, and analytical techniques for higher education at the 2016 Data & Analytics Summit.

“ATD has helped Network colleges develop a deeper understanding of the student experience by building their capacity to collect, disaggregate, disseminate and interpret data. The insights that come from embracing data catalyzes colleges’ efforts to improve completion and learning,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Events like the Data & Analytics Summit, with strong subject matter experts like SAS, help us support our colleges in their journey to improve student success.”

The event will be held September 7-9, 2016 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, Maryland.

“Community colleges are a critical piece of the employment and economic picture,” said Emily Baranello, Vice President, SAS Education Practice. “Analytics helps colleges better understand current and prospective students, and produce talent to fill workforce gaps.”

Dr. Karen A. Stout will deliver the opening keynote, followed by a welcome from SAS Co-Founder and CEO Jim Goodnight. Plenary sessions featuring Aiman Zeid, Head of SAS Global Business Consulting and Radhika Kulkarni, Vice President of Advanced Analytics Research and Development, will help community college leaders understand how to evolve their analytics efforts to maturity. Information management expert Lisa Dodson will speak to the importance of a sound data strategy.

In addition to presentations from SAS, Achieving the Dream, and community colleges, attendees will hear from experts from EDUCAUSE, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Evidence Based Change, and the American Association of Community Colleges. Sessions will address topics such as the use of adaptive courseware and open educational resources, how data can support the redesign of student supports, using course-level data to drive student success, and identifying causes of student attrition.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the ATD Event page.



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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 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 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Wakelet.

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