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Georgia State University is on the forefront of data-driven Student Success in 2021.

Learn how to identify and remove institutional barriers to college completion and student success through data-driven interventions and systemic change to institutional processes and structures.

What does Student Success mean in 2021?

In the fall of 2020, Dr. Tim Renick from Georgia State University (GSU) was announced as the founding Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success (NISS), the first organization of its kind.

Until recently, “student success” was not a common term used in higher education. Things are changing though. Over the past six years, more than 500 institutions have gone to Georgia State University to learn more about GSU’s approach to student success…


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About half of university employees who are funded by sponsored research grants find jobs in the same state as their university when they leave their campuses, according to new data produced through a collaboration between the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) and Steppingblocks, an Atlanta-based analytics provider.

The new findings are a result of combined data from Steppingblocks and IRIS members, many of the largest research universities in the country, which account for more than 40% of all university R&D spending in the United States. Steppingblocks utitilizes advanced machine learning to uncover insights through billions of disparate…


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It’s been eight months since COVID-19 hit higher education in the U.S. As fall semester ends, the predictions of spring and summer have a few lessons for university leadership as the pandemic continues to rock our institutions.

During the initial lockdown in March, fingers were crossed for a short-term pandemic. Now, the need is clear for long-term crisis management as COVID-19 cases rise and a widespread vaccine isn’t yet available.

Another early prediction cited by The Chronicle of Higher Education is this: “Fall would be a financial bloodbath for colleges … it’s true, most colleges bled money all spring and…


The number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs is expected to grow by 350 percent, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021.

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This prediction by Cybersecurity Ventures highlights the cyber-skills shortage and the need to invest in talent. Emsi’s analysis on the gap suggests that collaboration is key. Companies should re-skill employees, universities should develop curriculum that meets demand, and workforce development organizations should bring these communities together at the city and regional level.

We ran an analysis on CrowdSegment with Steppingblocks data to find people who work in cybersecurity and have graduated in the last ten years…


By Carlo Martinez, Steppingblocks Founder & CEO

It was not their education.

I remember vividly during my college years the anxiety to graduate and get a degree, so that I could get a job. It never occurred to me that while my education was going to play a critical role in my career development, it was not the most important one. Unfortunately, most colleges and universities in the U.S. do not prioritize career development during the course of a traditional four-year program, leaving students with a major gap in the transition to the workforce.

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Logan Armstrong, a Cincinnati junior, works while sitting inside a painted circle on the lawn of the Oval during the first day of fall classes on at Ohio State University on Aug. 25, 2020. Source: Joshua A. Bickel — The Columbus Dispatch/AP

Joshua A. Bickel — The Columbus…


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The employment market is shifting, the workforce is more competitive and the value of a degree is questioned like never before. Students need help not only acquiring marketable and transferable skills, but communicating their experience to prospective employers. So how do you teach students to transition seamlessly from college to career?

Georgia State University’s answer to this question is in their latest Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): College to Career (CTC) This university-wide initiative aims to increase students’ ability to recognize and demonstrate career competencies they learn through curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.

As faculty director of the College to Career…


Every day, roughly 500 million of Google’s 3.5 billion searches have never been searched before. Every month, nearly 2.45 billion humans login to Facebook. And every year, 130 million people are born into the Information Age — and playing Candy Crush, the free app that earns over $900 million a year.

So in an unquenchably digital world, how do we explain the loss of Computer Science graduates?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics ( NCES), Computer and Information Sciences degrees in the U.S. declined 20.74 …


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It’s easy to stuff a resume with keywords detectable by Applicant Tracking Systems and hiring tools, but will robot recruiters know what the Voldemort Project is?

Highly relevant and interesting technologies are emerging from well-known employers, but only job seekers who know they exist will have the skills to make the final cut. So how do college students, recent grads and busy professionals build a better resume? By finding the most relevant and least popular job skills in tech. In other words, gain the edge by acquiring job skills no one else has and that tech giants want.

Using our…


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If donors, partners or prospective students pose this question to your school, how would you respond?

It depends on who you work for. The decentralization of institutional research gives unprecedented access to graduate insights and outcomes at all university levels by translating data into meaningful, coherent stories. A side affect of this unfolds as the fundamental value of the alumni survey shrinks as data solutions grow.

But how relevant is this concept for your university? As the age of big data becomes increasingly attached to the value of higher education, evaluating its current role and the impact on both internal…


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Six seconds. That’s how long you have to impress the hiring manager, make it to the yes pile, land the job of your dreams and live happily ever after.

Glassdoor talked with top talent acquisition specialists to learn how to write a resume that passes the six-second test. Formatting, relevancy and proof of impact were key. Your resume should be easily scannable and tailored to the role you’re applying for. Use numbers where you can, and don’t be afraid to use personality — or white space.

If you’re starting from scratch or need fresh formatting ideas, find free resume builders…

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