Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education


“Attempts to imagine the future of education often emphasize new technologies—ubiquitous computing devices, flexible classroom designs, and innovative visual displays. But the most dramatic factor shaping the future of higher education is something that we can’t actually touch or see: big data and analytics. Basing decisions on data and evidence seems stunningly obvious, and indeed, research indicates that data-driven decision-making improves organizational output and productivity.1 For many leaders in higher education, however, experience and “gut instinct” have a stronger pull.”

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education


“For most of their histories, traditional colleges and universities have had no serious competition except from institutions with similar operating models. For the first time, though, disruptive technologies are at work in higher education as competitors are offering online courses and degrees. Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Henry J. Eyring, vice president for advancement at Brigham Young University—Idaho, describe the evolution of the widely influential Harvard model, and note the disruptive potential of online degree providers as evidenced by their divergence from that model. They encourage institutions to commit to real innovation by changing their DNA from the inside out, and discourage them from trying to excel at too much as they attempt to climb ahead of their competitors. Instead, they recommend that traditional universities adopt a pattern of continuous innovation focused on their unique mission—without undue concern for either tradition or what other institutions are doing.1”

Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes, Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups.

Pew Research Center

“Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.1 “

You’ve heard of “smart houses”–well here come “smart cities”!

Smart cities get their own operating system

Katia Moskvitch

BBC News, September 30, 2011

“Cities could soon be looking after their citizens all by themselves thanks to an operating system designed for the metropolis.

The Urban OS works just like a PC operating system but keeps buildings, traffic and services running smoothly.

The software takes in data from sensors dotted around the city to keep an eye on what is happening.

In the event of a fire the Urban OS might manage traffic lights so fire engines can reach the blaze swiftly.

The idea is for the Urban OS to gather data from sensors buried in buildings and many other places to keep an eye on what is happening in an urban area.”

Looking to the future; maintaining core values at Providence College

Strategic Plan 2011-2015 

Providence College, 2011

Our Vision

Providence College will be a nationally recognized, premier Catholic liberal arts institution of higher education that embodies the rich intellectual and spiritual tradition of the Dominican order, and whose students, transformed by wisdom and enabled by grace, lead lives of virtue, purpose, and meaning – lives that will transform society.
Built upon five core values,the Providence College strategic plan provides an ambitious framework for significant progress toward realizing the College’s vision as PC approaches its 2017 centennial.  The plan, approved by the College Board of Trustees in 2011, assigns strategies and metrics to each of those core values, resulting in a clear, concise and strategic document that will guide members of the PC community as they work toward achieving the College’s shared goals over the next few years.”