Ed Venit manages student success research for EAB. In this capacity, Ed leads the development and dissemination of best practices for using data and technology to improve retention and graduation rates. Ed provides consultative guidance to senior leadership across the Student Success Collaborative and is responsible for understanding shifting needs and trends. He has over a decade of experience researching data analytics and student success technologies.
Ed presents at conferences using case studies to highlight how looming demographic declines are forcing colleges and universities to rethink student retention as an enrollment challenge. This new mindset is triggering investment in proactive advising and the development of support strategies that pay for themselves (and more) in retention gains. By documenting and sharing these trends, Ed hopes to help senior leaders develop self-sustaining strategies that graduate far more students.
Ed earned a PhD in evolutionary biology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology, also from Duke. His doctoral work looked at how simple things (ants) evolve to make complex things (ant colony). He also got to teach classes about marine biology and dinosaurs.
Research and Insights
Higher education leaders face unprecedented pressure to improve graduation rates. At the same time, student demographics are changing drastically, shifting towards groups that are more likely to be under-prepared. These students need more support, but institutions often cannot afford major new investments in student success. Academic leaders must use their existing resources more efficiently to…