National Summit Addresses the Power of Data to Close Gaps in Higher Education

Silver Spring, MD (August 29, 2018) – Achieving the Dream is convening college and university researchers, IT professionals, administrators, and faculty and staff at its fourth annual Data & Analytics Summit, September 5-7, in College Park, MD. Experts and practitioners will lead keynotes, plenaries, and sessions about the value of using data to improve every aspect of the student experience and illuminate gaps in student success that colleges are working to close.

Topics include:

  • Identifying, understanding, and serving part-time students more effectively
  • Closing equity gaps by creating equity scorecards and examining progression metrics
  • Establishing leading and lagging indicators of student success

Dr. Virginia Eubanks, political scientist and author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, will discuss her research for the book and highlight the opportunities that data scientists have to push the field toward social justice by including the voices and stories of those subjected to automation’s most damaging effects.

ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout will set the tone for the national conversation in her opening keynote address, Offense, Defense or Special Teams: What’s Your Data Strategy? Other program highlights include a panel presentation by industry and community college partners who collaborated to create a “Big Data” pathway to a baccalaureate degree, sessions on data governance, building institutional capacity to use data, predictive analytics, and more.

“The Data & Analytics Summit welcomes colleagues from two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the country who share our commitment to offering students an educational experience, powered by data, that prepares them for success at work and in their communities,” said Dr. Stout. “The foundation of all change on campus, from improved advising to integrated, holistic supports to new career pathways and strong alumni outcomes is data.”

Presenters are experts and practitioners from colleges including:

  • Bunker Hill Community College (MA)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)
  • Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
  • Doña Ana Community College (NM)
  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Montgomery College (MD)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
  • Normandale Community College (KS)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (VA)
  • Odessa College (TX)
  • South Central College (MN)
  • Sinclair Community College (OH)
  • University of Maryland College Park (MD)

Representatives of Business Higher Education Forum, Campus Labs, Education Development Center, Emsi, Gallup, Hobsons, New America, and NextEra Energy also will be sharing their expertise and participating in plenaries and concurrent sessions.

Review the agenda and register here.

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 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 equity 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 45 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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