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Sep 30, 2019

Lindsay Wayt, director of analytics for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), discusses how colleges and universities are using analytics to achieve the essential goals of a 21st century campus—building campuses that focus on student success, managing costs, improving efficiency, and more.

She also gives an overview of a new set of principles from NACUBO, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and EDUCAUSE designed to help higher education leaders tap into the power of analytics.

After chatting with Lindsay, hosts Jon Fansmith and Jon Turk talk about the future of the FUTURE Act, which must be passed by Sept. 30 to preserve a vital funding stream for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Conversation with Lindsay Wayt

Analytics Can Save Higher Education. Really. The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), EDUCAUSE, and NACUBO

Johnson Valley Community College Activities-Based Costing


The ‘Moneyball’ Solution for Higher Education, Politico, Jan. 16, 2019

Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility, The New York Times, May 15, 2018 

What a Predictive Analytics Experiment Taught 11 Colleges About Sharing Data, Education Dive, April 18, 2019 

Rutgers Fix for Its Overcrowded Busing Mess Does Not Include More Buses,, Oct. 4, 2016 

ACE Resources

The Data-Enabled Executive: Using Analytics for Student Success and Sustainability

Enabling Faculty-Led Student Success Efforts at Community Colleges


FUTURE Act Halted in Senate, Higher Education Organizations and Leaders Dismayed, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Sept. 26, 2019)

Letter from ACE and 43 Other Higher Education Association to the Senate Urging Immediate Passage of the FUTURE Act (PDF)

Protecting Our Future: FUTURE Act campaign site from UNCF


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Jon Fansmith represents ACE and its members on issues related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Jon Turk is the associate director for research in ACE’s Division of Learning and Engagement. In this role, he conducts original research on issues related to student success, higher education finance, postsecondary data policy, and higher education governance.