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Unizin Licenses Analytics Tech for Members

Unizin has struck a deal with an education technology company to license its analytics software. The consortium of universities will gain access to customized versions of LoudSight, a predictive analytics solution from Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) LoudCloud that focuses on helping identify at-risk students. BNED's cloud service can capture 200 different data points among demographic, performance and participation information.

The services provided by BNED LoudCloud connect the various data-generating systems on campus, build predictive models based on the data collected and feed outcomes to a dashboard accessible by advisors and faculty for action. LoudSight also works with campus communications systems to enable users to reach out to students at strategic moments.

Unizin currently has 22 institutional members, including founding members Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida. The consortium is focused on improving ed tech by developing digital solutions to replace third-party offerings, negotiating better deals on content and sharing research and experiences.

"Despite the wealth of data collected by schools, it is often difficult for educators to understand and leverage data in a way that allows them to improve student success and retention," said Manoj Kutty, LoudCloud managing director, in a press release. "We are excited to serve and collaborate with Unizin to positively impact teaching and learning within its member institutions."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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