CCRI partners with IBM on ConnectEDU project

WARWICK – As part of an IBM Smarter Education project, the Community College of Rhode Island will help apply predictive analytics and Web-based software technologies to help improve student performance and achievement
CCRI, the largest community college in New England, offers nearly 90 degree and certificate programs to its roughly 18,000 students.
IBM’s ConnectEDU program is working with CCRI on their Connect to College (C2C) project, which is designed to centralize student services and help students uniquely manage their academic life. By adding IBM’s predictive analytics software to its C2C program, CCRI gains the ability to see data patterns and determine where intervention is required.
According to IBM, with the combined solution, CCRI will be able to capture and convey student data while gaining a real-time perspective into how a student is doing, which students are at risk of not completing their intended education goals and when intervention might be needed to get a student back on trackl.
“The power of the ConnectEDU and IBM partnership brings learner-level data into an actionable format for our counselors and advisors to truly impact student success, in real-time,” Ray DiPasquale, president of CCRI, said in prepared remarks. “This platform is a scalable solution for our C2C team, using technology to identify at-risk students before they’re truly at-risk.”
Through the C2C Web portal, CCRI students will be able to access content and leading modules for skills ranging from time management to career planning, they will receive reminders for upcoming deadlines and have access to a network of mentors.
When applied to this data, the IBM SPSS predictive modeling and analytics software will “help advisors make the best recommendations to students as they plan and navigate their academic life,” according to the company.
“When you put smart tools in the hands of students and teachers, there are almost no limits to the types of data which can be captured and the ways in which it can be used,” Michael D. King, cice president of IBM Global Education, said in a statement. “By applying advanced analytics technology to the cause of improving education at CCRI, we hope to help make a difference in the lives and careers of its students, not just in college, but as members of a developing workforce that is so vital to our economic prosperity.”

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