EAB a Finalist for Robin Hood Foundation College Success Prize

Students, experts, administrators recognize EAB's student-focused platform

Feb 04, 2015, 15:44 ET from The Advisory Board Company

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, February 2nd, the Education Advisory Board (EAB), a division of The Advisory Board Company, was announced as one of three finalists for the Robin Hood College Success Prize.  The Robin Hood College Success Prize is a competition designed to identify scalable technology solutions to increase the three-year graduation rates of the most at-risk community college students—those enrolled in remedial courses. 

EAB was chosen for its easy-to-use, student-facing technology platform that provides community college students individualized guidance on program and career options, best-fit courses and schedules, campus support resources, and timely alerts.  This newest Student Success Collaborative™ from EAB is targeted to community colleges and was designed and built for two-year schools based on community college student research interviews and onsite investigations.  Personalization is at the core of the EAB solution because students come to community college with a wide variety of goals and unique challenges.

The three Robin Hood College Success Prize finalists were chosen from more than 100 applicants from the U.S. and a dozen countries around the world.  The winners of the competition will ultimately be determined based on the results of a three-year randomized control trial conducted with first-time, full-time, freshmen with one or more remedial needs.  The trial will be conducted at the City University of New York (CUNY) from 2015 to 2018.

"We were impressed with all the other semifinalists and, in particular, our finalist peers," said Catherine Shaw, Principal, EAB Strategic Planning.  "Community college students have no time to waste – they often have competing work and family demands and a ticking clock on their financial assistance, which is why we focus on getting them started on the right foot during orientation.  Our student-centric platform helps them take the most direct path to their goals.  Together with other innovative companies—and with the critical support of organizations like Robin Hood and ideas42—we are committed to making a college degree or credential attainable for more students."

"We are excited that the panel recognized how useful our platform can be to students and decided both to put it in their hands right away and to support further advancements to the solution," said Scott Schirmeier, Executive Vice President, EAB.  "Students continue to be deeply involved in our development process, helping us solve the challenges in the onboarding and registration process.  We believe that the user-friendly school-life management tools in the EAB application reflect our collaboration and will support the success of CUNY students in a unique and valuable way."

The prize is a collaboration between Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty fighting organization, ideas42, a leading behavioral ideas lab, and The City University of New York (CUNY), the leading urban college system in the U.S.

"When we first announced the College Success Prize in March of last year, we could not have hoped for such strong responses from developers, students and academics," said Joshua Wright, Executive Director of ideas42.  "We at ideas42 believe that our three finalists have produced truly groundbreaking ideas.  We will continue to work with the finalists as they prepare for testing in the field to make sure they have the greatest possible opportunity to help more students earn a degree and start on a pathway to a more prosperous and stable livelihood."

For more information about EAB, please visit www.EAB.com.

About EAB
Since its launch in 2007, EAB, a division of The Advisory Board Company, has become one of the largest providers of research, technology, and consulting services to colleges and universities nationwide.  Through our innovative membership model, we currently partner with academic and administrative leaders at more than 700 institutions, helping them solve their most pressing problems.  For more information, visit www.EAB.com.

About Robin Hood
Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, Robin Hood has raised more than $2 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York's neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives.  Robin Hood's board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need. 

About ideas42
ideas42 is a non-profit behavioral ideas lab that uses behavioral science to do social good and have impact at scale. The organization grew out of behavioral research programs at top academic institutions and its work draws upon decades of experimental scientific research in decision-making and behavior. Over the past few years, ideas42 has developed a systematic process that uses insights from behavioral science to diagnose behavioral bottlenecks in consumer decision-making, and design and test innovative solutions to these bottlenecks.

About CUNY
The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City. The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds.

Throughout its history, the University has been an integral part of the city and state through partnerships with public schools, economic development initiatives, immigration aid and financial advice services and other community outreach programs. Today, CUNY faculty and staff members continue to benefit New York City — as well as the entire nation — by serving as policy experts to business and government, advisers to nonprofit institutions, civic organizations and community groups. Students, too, are strongly encouraged to experience the cultural, educational and community-based opportunities of the five boroughs, through a network of internships and fellowships, to embracing the city as their campus.

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