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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About SAS

 

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 80,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2016 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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