Coppin State University, today, announced a partnership with Civitas Learning that will enable the leadership at the Baltimore-based, historically black university to assess the impact of student success initiatives and take action to support students.
Founded as an African American teachers’ college that later expanded to general education during the height of the Civil Rights era, Coppin State has a rich history of educating historically underserved students. Today, the university continues that mission and is working quickly to reduce the achievement gap among African American students by 2020.
“Higher education can’t run on its gut. We need data behind our decision-making. Using analytics and data represents a key part of our strategy for improving student success and to develop a much deeper level of precision and accuracy about what’s working with our students,” said Ahmed M. El-Haggan, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at Coppin State. “Civitas Learning’s ability to fine tune predictive models to our campus is impressive, but it’s not just about the technology. Their expertise and wrap-around services are why we know they are the right partner for our student success work.”
Coppin State will leverage insights from Illume to pinpoint the policies and practices that lead to student success, including which courses have the biggest impact and which interventions are most likely to help students overcome barriers to graduation.
“We have been using descriptive analytics to make incremental improvements in our student success initiatives,” said Maria Thompson, Ph.D., President of Coppin State University. “By partnering with Civitas Learning, we will be able to use predictive analytics to help us innovate and make advancements in student success more quickly. Predictive analytics will move us from continuous improvement to continuous excellence.”
The university, which has established a cross-campus Student Success Council representing technology, academic affairs, institutional research, and enrollment, has selected Civitas Learning to help integrate disparate data sources to identify the complex factors that drive student success and anchor its work in building a data-informed culture.
“Coppin State University is in a unique position to expand opportunity and help revitalize the Baltimore community,” said Dr. Nicole Melander, Civitas Learning Vice President of Partner Success and Consulting and former CTO of Achieving the Dream. “We are proud to work alongside Coppin State’s leaders as they leverage data to measure what’s working and develop a more holistic picture of what drives student success on campus.”
Coppin State University is a model urban, residential liberal arts university located in the northwest section of the City of Baltimore that provides academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, nursing, graduate studies, and continuing education. An HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Coppin has a culturally rich history as an institution providing quality educational programs and community outreach services. Coppin offers 32 majors and 11 graduate-degrees and one doctoral program. A fully accredited institution, Coppin serves Baltimore residents as well as students from around the world, with flexible course schedules that include convenient day, evening, and weekend classes and distance learning courses.
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