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


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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