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EDUCAUSE Announces New Initiative to Advance Analytics at U.S. Colleges and Universities

EDUCAUSE announced today a new initiative to advance analytics at U.S. colleges and universities. EDUCAUSE will work with the higher education community to provide thought leadership and education to develop institutional capability for analytics.

"Sophisticated uses of data and benchmarking have revolutionized business and industry,” said Diana Oblinger, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. “These same techniques can deepen our understanding of learner success, improve our ability to track progress, and help us make the best decisions about campus resources."

The initiative has three primary objectives:

  • to frame the issues associated with analytics in higher education;
  • to develop education, resources, and professional development programs; and
  • to conduct a major benchmarking study of the state of analytics in higher education.

EDUCAUSE will work closely with experts and community members throughout the program, which will culminate in a national summit for higher education leaders in fall 2012.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read the press release.