28th Annual Ithaca College EdTech Day

I recently attended the 28th Annual Ithaca College EdTech Day with HelioCampus Director of Implementation Services, Susie Chang.   Ithaca College made its campus available to over 60 vendors and 200 attendees, ranging from regional vo-tech schools, local high schools and regional community colleges, as well as many of New York’s public and private colleges and universities.

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Ithaca College: Transforming Institutional Data into Actionable Information

Ithaca College wanted to deepen their understanding of the patterns and trends that lead to better student outcomes – and ultimately student success. To do so, they needed to invest in an institution-wide analytics infrastructure that would reveal insights into the connections between curricular, co-curricular, and student life variables and help define their impact on the overall student experience. They partnered with HelioCampus to fulfill their vision. 

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Enterprise IT Summit: Using Information to Drive Meaningful Change

I recently had the opportunity to visit Orlando, FL to attend the Enterprise IT Summit with HelioCampus CEO, Darren Catalano.  The conference brought together members of the NACUBO, EDUCAUSE & AIR Associations, and the impetus behind the conference was to bring together leaders from across IT, IR and Finance to discuss ways they can work together to address institutional challenges. It suffices to say that challenges and opportunities abound.

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The University of North Carolina System: Building System-Wide Data and Analytics Capacity

The University of North Carolina System Office sought to modernize the way data are shared among the constituent institutions and move to a flexible platform that would allow for broader access, better reporting, improved visualizations, and deeper insights. An additional challenge was to make the data easy-to-use and customizable for multiple user groups, from systems administrators to academic department heads. 

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Q&A with Justin Sloan: Evidence-Based Decision Making at St. Edward’s University

Institutional analytics presents big opportunities around campus. From measuring and improving student success to financial sustainability, it’s crucial to access, understand and act on all available data at the institutional level.

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UNC Cause 2017 – Building Tomorrow’s IT, Today & LEGOS

Last week, my colleague Bret Dennis and I had the opportunity to represent HelioCampus at UNC CAUSE in Greenville, NC. As first-time attendees, we didn't know what to expect. After spending two days learning from and building relationships with IT professionals across the University of North Carolina System, it was time well spent!

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Southern Hospitality: Reflections on the Georgia Summit

At the end of September, Bret Dennis and I were fortunate to talk with numerous individuals from the University System of Georgia campuses. The event, hosted in Atlanta, was a mix of work and fun. You could easily see the Mercedes-Benz stadium, CNN Atlanta, and Centennial Olympic Park. We were even able to test our athleticism at the College Football Hall of Fame!

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Two of my favorite things, Fall & EDUCAUSE

It’s October and at HelioCampus, we’re excited about the upcoming EDUCAUSE conference. Why are we so excited? Well, we are thrilled to be involved with two different panels, along with forward thinking leaders in higher education, to discuss institutional & business analytics, structured and unstructured data, and improving the student experience. Come and hear insights from our awesome panel of institutions including UNC General Administration, St. Edward’s University, Ithaca College, UMass Lowell, University of Kentucky and UNLV. If you are planning to attend EDUCAUSE, we hope you’ll swing by one, or both, of our sessions, or come visit us at Booth 1052.  

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Achieving the Dream: 2017 Data & Analytics Summit

Last week we had the opportunity to attend Achieving the Dream: 2017 Data and Analytics Summit hosted at The Hotel at University of Maryland. The conference was geared towards providing attendees insight into different analytical processes and sharing best practices between the various colleges present. The major themes included: moving the needle on completion percentages, improving transfer outcomes by using National Clearing House data, and the overall need for data analytics/literacy/ science program offerings to help close the employment gap in the field.

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Three Barriers to Using Data Effectively

At HelioCampus, we have identified three main barriers to using data effectively, and have ideas on how to solve them. 

Challenge 1: Data Silos
Higher education institutions have lots of data from across a multitude of systems, including admissions, enrollment, student success and financial. However, it often lives in silos and cannot be easily accessed by stakeholders from across the university. How can you make data driven decisions without the full picture?

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