Fred’s Five Predictions for Higher Education in 2021

By Fred Weiss | December 22, 2020

Those of you who know me personally or follow me on social know that I have worked in the higher ed and EdTech industries for 30 + years and that I am an avid reader and trend watcher. And as the President and CEO of a higher ed-focused advanced analytics company, which is in [...]

Understanding Intent to Enroll from FAFSA Completion Data

By Chris Rose | November 20, 2020

What do FAFSA completion rates tell us about a student’s likelihood to enroll? As we progress into winter, college admissions letters are being sent out or will be soon. Students will start making their decision about where they will want to spend the next four years of their [...]

The 4 Steps to Using Data and Analytics to Help Students Succeed

By Zach Varga | November 11, 2020

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that forty-five percent of students obtain a degree or certificate at the first institution they attend within six years of starting college, and nearly 31 percent drop out entirely. Those statistics demonstrate why student [...]

The Importance of Data-Driven Decisions in Higher Ed

By Andy Hannah | October 30, 2020

Data-driven decision making is getting a lot of attention in higher ed, so much so that three higher ed professional organizations, the Association for Institutional Research, Educause, and NACAC, issued a joint statement, “ Analytics Can Save Higher Education. Really.” The [...]

Test-Optional: Who Needs Test Scores?

By Zach Varga | October 14, 2020

Test-optional admissions is not a new discussion in higher ed. According to FairTest, the list of colleges going test-optional for admissions is growing. Higher ed institutions have cited several reasons why they do and don’t use test scores for admissions and merit aid [...]

What is Vaporware? And How to Find Out if It’s What You’re Being Sold

By Nathan Turner | May 18, 2020

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." You’ve found the perfect software solution for your institution. It does everything (and more) and solves your problems. But does it? It could be vaporware. Vaporware is something that I learned about when I was Director of [...]

The Time to Use Data

By Fred Weiss | April 13, 2020

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts that we hope will give you advice and counsel as to how higher ed institutions manage their way through - and out of - the coronavirus pandemic. I’m a believer that what we’re experiencing today is NOT the new normal, and that what [...]

What’s new in the 3.1 Release of the Othot Platform

By Bob DiMaggio | March 5, 2020

Many of our partners have told us that to meet all of their enrollment objectives, they need to make tough decisions on which students to admit. Who they admit ultimately determines not only enrollment totals, but also the shape of their class and the financial stability of the [...]
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