I am very excited to share that last night our Blackboard Analytics product won a CODiE Award for Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution! Out of all the higher education product wins, we also took home the Best Overall Postsecondary Solution.
I couldn’t be prouder, or more humbled, by this award for two very important reasons.
First, the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) CODiE Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious honors. The judging is driven by educators, administrators and other institutional leaders – the same people that make up our user base. We have been working incredibly hard to partner with our customers in meaningful ways to improve their experience and evolve our products. We have used their input to create and drive innovative solutions that inspire not only new ways to learn, but also facilitate the business of education by allowing leadership to drive informed change at their institutions. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our customers for helping us win this award.
Secondly, last night’s win is a huge testament to our analytics solution. There is a growing emphasis on harvesting both “big” and “little” data throughout the education process to help learners succeed and institutions operate more effectively. We work with hundreds of schools to do just that in a simple, yet, significant way. Schools like Central Piedmont Community College have used our analytics solution to make institution-wide policy and program changes that resulted in a 14% increase in student retention and 7% increase in course completion.
While data unto itself won’t affect institutional progress overnight, how we make decisions off that data, will. It’s all about collecting it, interpreting it and then using it to take meaningful action to produce better outcomes for our students.
A heartfelt congratulations and thanks to our product development and product management teams on winning this award. You can learn more about our direction for Blackboard Analytics by signing up for our product roadmap webinar on May 21st, here.