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EAB Intros New Data Platform for Higher Ed

Ed tech company EAB has launched a new data platform designed specifically for higher education. The Edify platform brings together data from disparate campus systems, creating a unified source of information that can be exported to other applications or accessed directly within the platform, according to a news announcement.

"Most colleges suffer from some form of 'digital sprawl,' meaning that critical data is trapped in hundreds of applications spread across campus," explained Scott Schirmeier, EAB president of technology and partner development. "With Edify, EAB is empowering higher ed leaders to take back control of their data by organizing it into a single system and data model that is custom-fit to each campus."

Edify's menu of pre-scoped data projects, dubbed "Accelerators," allow users to access commonly requested data integration and analytics for decision-making, without burdening institutions' data teams. The Accelerators have been created by EAB's team of subject-matter experts and data engineers to cover areas such as enrollment, equity, academic resource management and more. Going forward EAB plans to work with schools to create additional Accelerators to further meet their individual needs.

"I've been on a mission since 2016 to free our data from the patchwork of vendor systems it has been locked in for decades," commented Dawn Ressel, associate vice president of strategic planning and analysis at the University of Montana. "Now that we're using Edify, we're building a truly connected campus and working together to create a data-informed strategy on initiatives ranging from net tuition forecasting to closing equity gaps."

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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