On July 21-23, UMUC held the Learner Analytics Summit, a convening of select universities, community colleges, national organizations, state and national departments of education, private firms focused on data analytics work in education, and foundations.
The luncheon speaker for day two of the summit was William Moses, managing director for The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program, which promotes access and success in higher education for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students.
Moses began by thanking everyone in attendance, including representatives from Achieving the Dream, the Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation, explaining that a great deal of the work underway could not be accomplished without the support of these organizations and the professionals at institutions like UMUC in promoting students success.
He gave a brief historical overview of the Kresge Foundation’s work, noting that the organization’s philanthropic efforts have changed from helping to construct new buildings on campus five years ago to helping low-income people and basically seeing higher education as the best opportunity for giving people a chance to improve their lives.
In addition, he talked about the Kresge Foundation’s interest in technology. “We are most concerned about how the wave of technology that is emerging affects low-income students,” he said. “Does it really provide the tools so they can succeed?
“We are interested in what you do,” he added, noting that building institutional capacity, improving productivity and looking more closely at technologies like data analytics and learner analytics are “critically important.”