Institutions are increasingly focused on supporting student success, with 73 percent of colleges and universities shifting their organizational structure to benefit students, according to a new study.

The research study aims to demonstrate how higher education institutions are evolving to support student success and close the student-college digital divide. Unit4, a provider of higher-ed student management systems, conducted the research to ascertain how student success is driving investment in core systems.

Responses from higher education IT decision makers in the U.S., from 2-year (33 percent) and 4-year (59 percent) institutions of varying sizes, show that student retention is the number one priority driving organizational change, technology and cloud investment, and new approaches to enrollment.

When asked to rank student success initiatives in priority order, student retention came out on top, followed by course completion rates and time-to-graduation; student experiences and services; and job placement and employability.

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