Forsyth Tech Announces New Data Analytics Strategy to Improve Student Outcomes and Transform Campus Experience

College is second in state to partner with national data analytics pioneer Civitas Learning

Forsyth Technical Community College announced today a new partnership with Civitas Learning to use advanced data analytics to enhance student support and improve retention and graduation rates over time. The Winston-Salem-based public community college will draw on Civitas Learning’s technology and data expertise to uncover hidden barriers to student success and help students plan the most efficient pathway to a degree.

To help ensure more North Carolina students have the skills and training for 21st century careers, a number of major initiatives are under way in the state, including SuccessNC, which aims to double the number of students who earn a postsecondary credential by 2020. To achieve that goal, thousands of students will attend one of North Carolina’s community colleges, which serve over 300,000 students statewide.

Increasingly, these colleges are looking to data analytics as a strategy for improving student success rates. Forsyth Tech joins colleges like Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, N.C. using data analytics to make powerful course corrections and ensure students are on track to complete a degree or certificate.

“We pride ourselves at Forsyth Tech on our commitment to academic excellence, whether that is adult and continuing education, lifelong learning, or preparation for in-demand careers. In partnership with Civitas Learning, this sophisticated data strategy will help us to anticipate and understand challenges to our academic mission, provide personalized support to students and better serve a diverse cross-section of learners across the region,” said Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech.

“Community colleges like Forsyth Tech play a critical role in supporting local innovation and economic growth. We are increasingly relying on them for next generation jobs in tech, life sciences and manufacturing,” said former North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue who serves as a senior advisor to Whiteboard Advisors. “I applaud the efforts of our local community colleges that are using data analytics and advanced research strategies to help students graduate and create a stronger future for North Carolina.”

Civitas Learning works with partners to build institution-specific predictions of student success, enabling colleges and universities to develop a clear picture of the specific trends and factors driving student success on campus. The partnership will enable Forsyth Tech to combine disconnected data sources from across the institution into a single platform that provides real-time insights and recommendations for supporting students in highly-personalized ways. Forsyth Tech is joining Civitas Learning’s community of leading higher education institutions and systems, which now reaches more than 880 campuses serving close to 3.2 million students across the nation.

“Through this pioneering work using analytics and data strategy to improve outcomes, Forsyth Tech is proving their commitment to innovation and ensuring all students successfully complete their journey,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning. “This partnership is a compelling example of how institutions in North Carolina and across the nation can make the most of data to improve student outcomes and experience. We’re thrilled to welcome a leader such as Forsyth Tech to the Civitas Learning community.”


About Civitas Learning®

A partnership with Civitas Learning gives higher education leaders the strategic, scalable analytics infrastructure they need to turn their growing, diverse and disconnected data into actionable insights to help every student succeed. Civitas Learning’s Student Insights Platform™ and its integrated front-line action applications provide administrators, faculty and advisors with a 360-degree view of student behavior and engagement, and the ability to get the right intervention or inspiration to each student at the right time. Student-level data and predictions allow for accurate measurement of initiatives and innovations. The Student Insights Platform’s sophisticated data science can power third-party applications, including Civitas Learning’s intuitive apps, which moves institutions from insight to action to learning quickly and effectively, helping more students learn well and finish strong. The reach of Civitas Learning’s partners includes more than 884 campuses reaching more than 3.19 million students. Civitas Learning is based in Austin, Texas.