Since the launch of the New Learning Experience (NLE) in July, we have seen our approach gain traction both inside and outside of Blackboard. The NLE is our approach to education that fosters better engagement, interaction, and quality learning through the delivery of leading-edge technology, services and data capabilities. Through these data capabilities, we’re delivering the solutions that students need to be successful, so it should come as no surprise that we are continuing to make a bigger investment in our data analytics solutions.

Because of this, I am excited to announce that we are welcoming Blue Canary, a leading provider of predictive analytics solutions, into the Blackboard family.

Blue Canary offers critical solutions that harness the power of data to improve student retention and help students succeed. Their early alert system analyzes a variety of data points to determine students who may be at risk and enables early intervention. By joining forces, we will be able to support more institutions and learners who depend upon data analytics to achieve their retention goals and improve academic success, respectively.

There are really two primary reasons behind today’s announcement, and they both deal directly with what we’ve heard from our customers and the educational community at large:

  1. There is a drastic need for tools that improve retention of learners by enabling the easy application and analysis of data that comes through the learner’s educational experience. This data holds the key to unlocking answers to the most critical issues facing learner retention today.
  1. Through conversations with our customers and engaging directly in broad industry conversations, it is clear that student retention is top of mind for educational leaders. Blue Canary’s expertise in retention, along with technology that is geared toward allowing for early and accurate identification of students who are struggling, made this a very strategic move for our company.

Initially the Blue Canary solution will only be available in North America, but our intention is to extend this capability into other markets in the future. Please stay tuned for future briefings as plans solidify.

Lastly, I am particularly excited to welcome Mike Sharkey to Blackboard – not only is Mike a leader in the analytics space having spent 13 years in education analytics, he is a thought leader in the realm of predictive analytics and their application in an educational environment. He is also an individual who shares the same passion for education and the outcomes of learners around the world as I do, and that Blackboard does as a company. We are very lucky to have Mike and his team join our company.

Please join me in welcoming Mike and his team, Satya Mudiam and Satish Divakarla, to Blackboard.

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