Reducing Discriminatory Discipline for African Americans

In December 2018, Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. At a time when black high school students are twice as likely to get suspended than their white counterparts, this move has been shrouded in controversy. Yet amidst harsh social realities and divided political opinions, researchers like SDP Fellow Dr. Akisha Jones Sarfo are working to bring an evidence-based voice to the table. Danielle LeCourt explores Jones Sarfo’s story for Harvard CEPR’s Strategic Data Project.

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A Powerful Link Between Research and Practice

The PIER Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research is yielding far-reaching impact — and changing the way education policy leaders are trained. In this impact story, Danielle explores how three PIER fellows are impacting on Head Start, universal preschool, teacher retention, and adult education.

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Confessions of a Reformed Dataphobe: An Academic Changes Her Mind About Big Data

Once a skeptic of “big data,” Danielle LeCourt (Caldwell) is now convinced of its ability to empower institutions to match students to the right programs and provide individualized support through graduation. In this Inside Higher Education opinion article, Danielle explores “big data’s” reputation and its implications for ethics in data analysis.

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Is Neuroeducation the Key to Online Retention?

While the online modality has been pivotal to accommodating the changing needs and lifestyles of post-traditional students, retaining online students has become a large challenge for many institutions. In this eCampus News article, ghostwritten for Helix Education's Sarah Horn, Danielle explains how online programs can use insights from neuroeducation to increase online student retention.

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Safe Creative Work Won’t Work

We are now fully immersed in an attention economy, and to survive in a marketplace where attention is currency, messages simply HAVE to draw attention. Unfortunately, recent research about human behavior has revealed that the amount of time you have to actually capture someone’s attention is extremely narrow—only about 200 milliseconds or so. So how on earth can you cut through the noise and draw attention in such a short amount of time? In this article, ghostwritten for Helix Education’s Seth Odell, Danielle explains how institutions can step out of their comfort zone with visually arresting design.

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Online Course Development, By Accident or By Design?

Online learning's growth shows no signs of slowing. The Online Learning Consortium estimated that 85 percent of Americans enrolled in postsecondary institutions have at least one trait of a nontraditional learner. In this article, ghostwritten for Helix Education’s Amy Hale and Emily Wood, LeCourt explores the shifting pedagogical paradigm for Inside Higher Ed’s Inside Digital Learning blog.

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Higher ed business leaders say this is critical for 2017

The idea of outsourcing is not without controversy in higher ed, yet the practice has proven time and again to be a mechanism of growth. By outsourcing time/resource intensive activities like marketing, enrollment/retention services, and data analytics, institutions are poised to more fully pursue their missions. This article, ghostwritten for Helix Education’s CAO Cherron Hoppes, argues that the case for outsourcing in higher ed is missional.

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Leading by Gut or by Data: The Data-Driven State of Higher Ed Decision Making

As many industries work to incorporate data and analytics into their organizational processes, education providers are also tasked with adopting a more thoroughly informed management approach. Undoubtedly, a data-driven mindset should penetrate all levels of higher education decision making, from program development to student retention and graduation. This research report, written for Helix Education in collaboration with UPCEA, outlines the landscape of decision making among higher education providers and assessed the role of data in management and leadership.

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Dip to White: Breaking Through with TV Spots

The elephant and the rider metaphor, coined by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, reveals how people make decisions based on two main internal processes: automatic, habitual, instinctive reactions (the elephant); and conscious reasoning (the rider). The metaphor also has surprising implications for higher ed TV spots. This article, ghostwritten by Danielle for Helix Education’s Seth Odell, explores these implications in Inside Higher Ed’s Call-to-Action blog.

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3 Myths Keeping Colleges from Enrollment Success

To excel in today’s increasingly competitive environment, higher education institutions must embrace a new enrollment mindset—a mindset that envisions the goal and knows how to get there. Yet embracing this mindset requires enrollment officers to challenge some underlying assumptions of elite performance, myths about what it takes to rise to the top. In this eCampus News article, Danielle explored the new insights about peak performance and expertise to guide higher ed leaders to greater enrollment success.

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Lessons to be Learned from Clickbait: #4 Will Blow Your Mind

In a medium in which clicks equal money, many marketers got really good at writing headlines that elicited a click from even the most reluctant of viewer. Yet the power of clickbait speaks to some profound underlying truths about what people want and need when entering the realm of digital communication. Danielle drew from her research in behavioral economics and behavior change communications in this piece, published in the Call-to-Action blog run by Inside Higher Ed.

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