Eduventures Report on Student Retention Solutions Presents Strategies for Data Integration Across the Entire Student Lifecycle

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First in a Series, Report Introduces “Educational Intelligence” as a Framework for Leveraging Intelligent Data-Driven, Decision-Making

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According to Max Woolf, “Emotional Intelligence allows traditionally siloed stakeholders from across the institution to come together in support of improving student outcomes."

Eduventures, Inc., the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education, today announced findings from research that will help institutional leaders seeking to distill the myriad of offerings that support student retention within an institution. The first in a series of reports, Eduventures presents strategies for considering data integration across the entire student lifecycle to support student retention.

Using Educational Intelligence to Leverage Data at Multiple Points
To make sense of the many retention solutions available today, many of which connect siloed data assets across the student lifecycle that sit in many different departments in higher education institutions, Eduventures has defined a new term, educational intelligence (EI). EI is leveraging data at multiple points across the student lifecycle to make intelligent decisions to positively impact student outcomes. EI provides a framework for a holistic view of student retention and student success that takes into account a continuous effort to leverage data to recruit, enroll, retain, graduate, and employ students.

According to Max Woolf, Eduventures’ Senior Analyst for Online Education research and the author of this study, “EI allows traditionally siloed stakeholders from across the institution, including faculty, staff, administrators, and even students, to come together in support of improving student outcomes. We see potential impacts ranging from increased overall retention rates within specific programs to improved hiring by employer of best-fit students. This framework can significantly change the game when it comes to improving the outcomes of the educational process.”

Categories defined and highlighted in this report include, enrollment retention solutions, student success solutions, career readiness solutions, and enterprise-wide retention support solutions. Upcoming reports within this series will continue to build out a roadmap for understanding retention solutions across the entire student lifecycle and will offer a detailed view into the following:

  •     Key questions and challenges higher education leaders must consider when selecting a vendor solution.
  •     Insights into how to integrate student retention solutions within each institution for improved data efficiencies.
  •     Recommendations on point solutions that can fill specific product and service gaps impacting student retention.

About Eduventures
Eduventures is the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education. Building on twenty years of success in working with education leaders, Eduventures provides forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data, and advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. Our recommendations and personalized support enable clients to understand the top traits of leaders in critical disciplines and to evaluate the opportunities presented by new technologies. For more information about Eduventures research, practice areas, and team, visit us at

Members of the media who wish to speak to the author of this research can contact Ellen Slaby, Vice President of Marketing at eslaby(at)eduventures(dot)com.

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