Innovative global university leverages Pyramid Analytics to provide advisors and staff with a single view of where the student is in their academic journey
Founded in 1977, Keiser University is a leader in addressing critical workforce needs with associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees in many targeted industries. The university serves approximately 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and internationally. As a trendsetter in online education, students have the choice to take courses in differing modalities choosing face to face, hybrid, or fully online classes. Keiser also offers students a very high-touch educational experience, with hands-on faculty, administration, and staff dedicated to them. The university is repeatedly recognized for their innovation and for their efforts to ensure student success.
Keiser’s learning management system (LMS) uses Anthology / Blackboard Analytics hosted on AWS, with most of their remaining data in Azure. They balance the needs of the student experience, the faculty experience, and the staff experience to provide the best environment for teaching and learning and most importantly student support.
“For years, I was looking for good analytic and assessment products to enhance student and program success,” says Sherry Olsen, vice chancellor of Keiser’s online division. “We found things that might work for a traditional university, but certainly not a university like Keiser, because our students take classes every four weeks. I needed a product that would keep up with our needs and not just work on a 16-week cycle.”
“If you have a student logging in every day, but they failed their first week, it’s not going to show up on any SIS (student information system) report, but it will show up if you bring in information from the SIS and LMS into a customizable database.”
Keiser needed the ability for all their stakeholders to access and look at all their data from all their systems in one place in real time. “When we learned about Pyramid Analytics, we knew we had to have that kind of a solution,” Olsen says.