Analytics and Big Data


FLEXspace: From Learning Space Examples, to Planning and Assessment Tools and a Research Community

FLEXspace, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, has changed over time, starting out in 2013 as a great place to showcase and exemplify learning spaces, then rapidly growing to include a comprehensive toolset for planning and assessing these spaces, and now connecting a vibrant research community. Here, CT gets an update from FLEXspace.org pioneers Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Frazee.

Private College Turns to Predictive Analytics to Grow Enrollment, Retention

An Ohio institution is applying predictive analytics to grow its enrollment. Beginning in early 2019, Wittenberg University, a private nonprofit, will be applying predictive analytics services from SightLine, as it aims to expand enrollment from 1,900 students currently to 2,100 by 2020.

Berkeley Setting up Division to Build on Data Sciences Momentum

The University of California Berkeley is setting up a new division dedicated to data sciences to build on the momentum it already has in the discipline. The new Division of Data Sciences connects departments from the College of Engineering, the College of Letters & Science and the School of Information.

Survey: With Student-Supplied Data, Colleges Could Drastically Improve Recruitment

Personalized communication matters in higher education. According to a recent survey, not only did students say they'd be more likely to choose a school that personalized its communications to them during the recruitment process, but alumni said they'd probably donate more often if they knew their money was funding organizations or projects they were involved with themselves as students. Those results surfaced during a survey undertaken on behalf of education technology company Ellucian by Wakefield Research.

Engaging Students and Faculty with Data for All

Georgetown University's enterprise-wide constituent relationship management system provides a holistic view of students, faculty and alumni, enables proactive advising and promotes lifelong, meaningful interactions with the institution.

IT Security Tops Educause Issues List 4 Years Running

In the coming year, IT organizations in colleges and universities expect to be grappling with "data-enabling" their institutions, funding, and setting up their units as institutional leaders and change agents. That's what IT leaders told Educause in its latest survey to determine the top 10 IT issues for higher education.

Rice Data Lab Has Students Tackle Real-World Analytics

A new laboratory experience at Rice University is giving students ample opportunities to tackle real-world problems in data science. The Houston institution's new Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge allows learners to work directly with companies, academic labs, government agencies and nonprofits.

Gartner: Immersive Experiences Among Top Tech Trends for 2019

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future.

Finding the Data that Makes a Difference

Southern Connecticut State University has spent 10-plus years homing in on factors that really contribute to student success — and how best to help keep students on track.

U Conn Students Work Hands-on with Data Analytics and IoT Through Aquaponics Project

With more employers looking for specialized skill sets, the University of Connecticut's Operations and Information Management Innovate initiative is working to give students real-life experience with 3D printing, internet of things, virtual reality and microcontrollers. In 2018, the program started to work with the university's Spring Valley Student Farm to deploy sensors and data analytics to help monitor real-time conditions in its aquaponics greenhouse.

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