Agreement with Unizin, a Consortium of 22 Leading Universities, Will
Help Advisors and Faculty Identify and Support At-Risk Students
BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
LoudCloud, a Barnes
& Noble Education, Inc. company (NYSE:BNED)
("BNED"), today announced it has entered into an agreement with Unizin,
Ltd. ("Unizin") to provide its 22 member universities with BNED
LoudCloud's predictive analytics solution. As a result, faculty and
advisors will have access to a customized solution that helps educators
identify, monitor, and support at-risk students, with the goal of
improving student success rates and retention.
a nonprofit consortium serving hundreds of thousands of students, is
dedicated to improving teaching and learning environments with digital
technology. The consortium finds solutions for its members to address
the biggest challenges facing higher education today - affordability,
access, and learner success.
"The universities of the Unizin Consortium are working together in a
radically different way, sharing knowledge and experience in the quest
for a learning ecosystem that will transform higher education," said
Amin Qazi, Chief Executive Officer of Unizin. "Our agreement with Barnes
& Noble Education is one of the ways our member institutions can
continue to support the best possible student outcomes."
BNED LoudCloud's analytics solution, connects disparate systems on
campus, builds predictive models based upon data collected by
institutions, and presents advisors with a unified view of the factors
that drive student success on their campus. By sharing predictive models
with institutions, BNED LoudCloud promotes collaboration to ensure
advisors and administrators understand what drives student performance.
Additionally, LoudSight integrates with campus communication systems,
allowing advisors and faculty to easily reach out to students at the
exact moment they need support.
"Unizin and BNED share a passion for improving the learning experience
and driving student success. We are thrilled to work with Unizin and
offer analytic solutions to an even wider audience," said Kanuj
Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer, Digital, Barnes & Noble Education.
"By bringing LoudSight's analytics to Unizin's collaborative network of
universities, which include some of the largest land-grant universities
in the country, we can make a meaningful impact on higher education,
evolving learning environments and improving student outcomes."
LoudSight has the ability to capture and analyze over 200 parameters
across demographic, performance and participation data points. Its
powerful predictive engine has the ability to support advisors, faculty
and students with real-time alerts and insights into managing and
"Despite the wealth of data collected by schools, it is often difficult
for educators to understand and leverage data in a way that allows them
to improve student success and retention," said Manoj Kutty, Managing
Director, BNED LoudCloud. "We are excited to serve and collaborate with
Unizin to positively impact teaching and learning within its member
Unizin's member institutions include: Colorado State University,
University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Ohio
State University, Oregon State University, University of Iowa,
University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of
Nebraska, Penn State University, Florida A&M University, Florida
Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida
International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida State
University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida,
University of North Florida, University of South Florida, and University
of West Florida.
About Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), one of the largest contract
operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the
United States and a leading provider of digital education services,
enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions.
Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries, Barnes & Noble
Education operates 1,490 physical and virtual bookstores and serves more
than 6 million students enrolled in higher education institutions,
delivering essential educational content and tools within a dynamic
retail environment. Through its Digital Education subsidiary, Barnes &
Noble Education offers a suite of digital software, content and services
that include a sophisticated digital learning management platform that
has competency-based features, analytics capabilities, courseware
offerings and a digital eTextbook reading product. Barnes & Noble
Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success; provide
value and support to students and faculty; and create loyalty and
improve retention, all while supporting the financial goals of college
and university partners.
General information on Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. can be obtained by
visiting the Company's corporate website: www.BNED.com.
About Barnes & Noble Education LoudCloud
Barnes & Noble Education LoudCloud, a Barnes & Noble Education company
(NYSE: BNED), builds software that improves learning. By focusing on
four key areas - Learning Analytics, Competency Based Education,
Learning Management, and Next Generation Learning Materials including
advanced OER Courseware, BNED LoudCloud serves educators and students in
higher education, and increasingly, K-12 institutions to address the
challenges of affordability and retention.
General information on BNED LoudCloud can be obtained by visiting the
company's website: www.BNEDLoudCloud.com.
About Unizin, Ltd.
Unizin, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consortium of 22 leading
universities dedicated to promoting affordability, access, and learner
success in digital education. Unizin's interoperable technology
ecosystem supports the diverse teaching and learning environments across
its institutions. Unizin solutions promote technology standards, enable
integrations, eliminate the learner analytics black box, ensure
accessibility of content and data, preserve and promote faculty choice,
and support institutional collaboration. Unizin is operated by its
member institutions through a Board of Directors. Unizin is
headquartered in Austin, Texas.
For more on Unizin, visit www.unizin.org.
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