LoudCloud Systems Introduces 2012 Quarterly Lightning Forum Line-up

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Answering the Call for Assessment and Accountability, Forum will showcase its Unique Fully Adaptive Learning Management System Powered by Adaptive Learning & Predictive Analytics

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A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. - President Barack Obama

– "A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America's business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That's why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child"
-President Barack Obama, July 18, 2011

“We need to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations. We must not tolerate a system that gives up on people.”
—George W. Bush, 2006

Both current President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush put education as a top priority.

President Barack Obama has set an ambitious goal for the nation: By the year 2020, the United States will have the highest proportion of adults with college degrees in the world. The Obama administration sees the successful completion of postsecondary education as essential to American competitiveness. To achieve this goal, “the President believes that investment in education must be accompanied by reform and innovation. President Obama will push to end the use of ineffective, "off-the-shelf" tests, and support new, state-of-the-art assessment and accountability systems that provide timely and useful information about the learning and progress of individual students. He will invest in innovative strategies to help teachers to improve student outcomes, and use rewards and incentives to keep talented teachers in the schools that need them the most.” [1]

Education was President George W. Bush’s top domestic priority. The No Child Left Behind Act embraced the philosophy that every child is capable of learning, that every school should be accountable for results, and that measuring progress is essential to success.

Republicans and democrats both agree that the state of our nation’s educational system is in jeopardy. Through innovative and “state-of-the-art assessment and accountability systems” LoudCloud Systems, provider of LoudCloud University Suite, a Higher Education Learning Management System (LMS), is capable and poised to assist K-12 and Higher Education environments meet and exceed the challenges and goals set forth by President Obama.

Understanding that everyone is different, each situation is unique and “One Size Does Not Fit All”, LoudCloud is capable of designing exclusive management tools that adapts to every user and can be customized to fit specific business, academic and technological needs. To introduce its unique LMS powered by Adaptive Learning and Predictive Analytics, the company will be holding its first quarterly forum and networking event for schools and institutions on April 19, 2012 in Phoenix Arizona. In a recent article about the Fall of American Education, Fardad Fateri, President and CEO of International Education Corporation (IEC) noted, “over 25% of high school students drop out every year in the United States. Approximately 30% of community college students complete their programs, and an even smaller percentage transfer to four-year universities, where the average national graduation rate is under 40%.”

The LoudCloud Lightning Forum will focus on reducing student attrition and improving student outcomes through its adaptive learning and predictive analytics engines. The one-day Lightning Forum will include trends in education technology, case studies from the company’s recently acquired customers in Higher Education and K-12 (Grand Canyon University, Career Education Corporation and Jefferson County, Colorado), keynote presentation to address and discuss the organizational change management aspects of implementing learning analytics, and end with panel discussion comprised of thought leaders in Higher Education and K12 that will be discussing the efficacy of today's technology tools. Guest speakers and panelists include:

  •     Brian Mueller, CEO at Grand Canyon University
  •     Mark Alexander, VP Curriculum & Content Services at Grand Canyon University
  •     Manoj Kulkarni, SVP & CIO at Career Education Corporation
  •     David Cumberbatch, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at ACT
  •     Jeremy Felker, Director of Instructional Data Reporting at Jeffco Public School District, Colorado
  •     Phil Hill, SVP at Delta Initiative
  •     Ray Ravaglia, Executive Director and Co-Founder, EPGY at Stanford University
  •     + Many more to be announced!

Register now at http://www.loudcloudsystems.com/forum/. The Forum is free to attend and exclusive for executives with education technology buying responsibilities.

About LoudCloud Systems
The LoudCloud Ecosystems have become the preferred choice of institutions across the spectrum of K12 and Higher Education who believe more is possible, and are not satisfied in accepting the limitations of first-generation learning management systems

Founded in 2010 in Dallas, TX, our management team brings many decades of education technology experience, backed by leaders and pioneers in the industry and hailing from institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, Grand Canyon University and California Community Colleges.

For Media Inquiries contact:
Michelle Suzuki
MSC Public Relations
310-444-7115
michelle(at)msc-pr(dot)com

Philip Gonzales
VP- Marketing
LoudCloud Systems
C. 562-310-8769
Phil.gonzales(at)LoudCloudsystems(dot)com
http://www.LoudCloudsystems.com

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[1] http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education
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