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Community College Case Studies

As enrollment and retention pressures rise, it’s critical to modernize and personalize the student experience, unify campus data for better decision making, and automate time-intensive processes to ensure every student interaction counts.

This compendium showcases how our community college partners leverage EAB’s Navigate360 and Edify for transformative results in enrollment, retention, faculty engagement, reporting, and more. Get the complete compendium or explore the featured schools below.

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Our Partners' Results

30%

inquiry-to-enrolled yield via Navigate360 CRM (Central Virginia Community College)

3.5%

typical graduation rate increase for Navigate360 partners

$950K

state funding loss avoided on critical report with Edify (Northampton Community College)
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Navigate360 is our mothership. It’s where we note every decision made, why we did something, when we met with someone. The transparency and accountability [it provides] is a gamechanger.

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Heather Speed, Vice President of Student Success

Pueblo Community College
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I think the beauty of being a part of this [EAB] community is that we learn from each other and share ideas. This is really all about the students, so if we have a practice to share or if there’s something we can learn from a peer school to better help students, we want to do that.

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Janice Stubbs, Vice President

Student Success, Broward College
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Edify is transforming how we look at data and will provide us with the Strategic Enrollment Management and DEIA dashboards we need to solve our biggest challenges.

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Loic Audusseau, Chief Technology Officer

El Camino College

Navigate360 Success Stories

Cerro Coso Community College

  • About: Cerro Coso is a midsize community college in Ridgecrest, CA, with ~5,000 students and a 45% retention rate.
  • Challenge: Cerro Coso’s prospect management strategy was inefficient, with disconnected data and slow follow-ups. After a year with another CRM, implementation remained incomplete.
  • Solution: Cerro Coso implemented Navigate360’s Recruitment Management (RM), streamlining recruitment and retention processes in one system, centralizing data for efficient tracking, and improving student service without staff overload
  • Impact: Within 90 days of launching Navigate360 RM, Cerro Coso doubled the number of inquiries received and increased prospect communications sent by 447% without hiring additional staff.

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Central Virginia Community College

  • About: Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is a small institution in Lynchburg, VA. They have ~3,400 students and a 63% retention rate.
  • Challenge: CVCC faced challenges scaling prospect management. Exploring other CRMs, they found none were built with community colleges in mind.
  • Solution: CVCC launched Navigate360 RM in 90 days, piloted an automated inquiry form and streamlined post-inquiry workflows to enhance student service while improving staff efficiency.
  • Impact: Within six months of deploying Navigate360 RM, CVCC saw a 30% increase in inquiry-to-enrolled yield and netted $522K in additional tuition revenue from 344 students enrolled via RM.

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Navigate360 Interventions Lead to Increase in Advising Appointments and Much-Needed Funds for Students

  • About: Arapahoe Community College, with three campuses and 9,600 students, is part of the Colorado Community College System. The three-year graduation rate is 20%.
  • Challenge: Prior to partnering with EAB, Arapahoe struggled to gain traction with other early alert systems and faculty were wary of new student success technology. Departments and offices operated in silos, which led to uncoordinated and overwhelming communication to students. Advising appointments were also difficulty to manage and track, and advisors found it challenging to maintain their caseloads.
  • Solution: Arapahoe introduced Navigate360’s early alert feature to streamline the process for faculty and ensure all student cases are properly triaged and addressed. Additionally, email and text message campaigns encourage students to schedule and attend advising appointments, lowering the no-show rate.
  • Impact: The volume of early alerts increased 225% with Navigate360 compared to the previous system, which led to increased distribution of much-needed emergency funds. Following the outreach campaigns, the no-show/cancellation rate for advising appointments was just 7%.

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Leverage Faculty Partnerships and Technology to Address the Community College Enrollment Crisis

  • About: Pueblo Community College (Pueblo) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with over 5,000 students across three campuses. Approximately 70% of Pueblo’s students are part-time, and 34% are first-generation.
  • Challenge: Two years into the pandemic, Pueblo faced serious enrollment challenges. Higher-than-expected summer melt in Fall 2021 led them to investigate causes that could threaten future semesters. Cross-campus communication issues, limited access to faculty during summer, and a lack of buy-in to student success initiatives were among the most pressing contributors.
  • Solution: Pueblo leadership identified a two-pronged approach to address their enrollment problem. First, they created clearer advising processes powered by Navigate360. They also leveraged Navigate360’s student app to engage students throughout the advising process.
  • Impact: Pueblo’s initiative empowered faculty and staff to clarify their roles in the advising process, limit time spent on wrong-fit tasks, and develop mutually agreed upon strategies for more effective student care. The faculty progress report response rate—a measure of active use and collaboration with staff advisors—increased by 11.2% and faculty advising appointments increased 191% in the 2021-22 academic year. The new process increased student engagement as well, yielding a 42% increase in Navigate360 app usage across the same timeframe.

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How Forsyth Tech Enhanced Retention and Streamlined Student Success Initiatives with Navigate360

  • About: Forsyth Technical Community College is a public community college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina serving over 10,000 students. About 50% of Forsyth Tech’s students attend part time and 34% of their students are Pell Grant recipients.
  • Challenge: Forsyth Tech struggled with low retention, and their student success platform limited their ability to truly engage students and provide holistic support. The platform’s implementation process had been cumbersome, and they were unsuccessful in achieving strong utilization from students, faculty, or staff.
  • Solution: Forsyth Tech established a workgroup of campus leaders from diverse areas to choose a new student success partner. They chose Navigate360 because of its 1) ease of use, 2) comprehensive communications tools, 3) student-facing mobile app, 4) integration with their existing systems, and 5) 360-degree support from their Navigate360 implementation team.
  • Impact: With Navigate360, Forsyth Tech experienced positive outcomes in terms of both utilization and retention. In the first academic year after launch, they saw a 14% higher retention rate among students who attended advising appointments compared to those who did not. Forsyth Tech’s faculty progress report response rate increased 20%, and student app usage increased by 432% within one year.

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Eliminating Barriers to Onboarding and Making Academic Planning More Accessible for Students

  • About: Germanna Community College (GCC), part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), has 7,207 credit-earning students, a 68% retention rate, and a 37% graduation rate.
  • Challenge: Prior to VCCS’s system-wide implementation of EAB’s Navigate360, GCC struggled with a muddled onboarding process that left students confused and inefficient advising that didn’t focus on long-term academic planning. In the words of GCC’s Assistant Dean of Student Development, “Students were more confused than they were educated.”
  • Solution: GCC automatically provides all student applicants with access to Navigate360 as a checklist for onboarding. GCC also integrated Navigate360’s Program Advising tool into its freshman orientation course, allowing students and advisors to easily collaborate on academic plans across students’ first term and beyond.
  • Impact: GCC’s applicant-to-enrollee rate increased by 14.5% in one year. Additionally, students with an academic plan in Navigate360 enroll in 3.4 more credit hours per semester on average and are 12.7 percentage points more likely to persist, equating to a combined $507,770 in additional and preserved tuition revenue each semester.

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Automating Admission Process Eliminates Common Enrollment Barriers

  • About: Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a public community college with over 33,000 students across three campuses. The six-year graduation rate is 21%.
  • Challenge: Prior to fall 2017, 68% of students were lost between application and registration. This high attrition rate was due to a number of outdated workflows. The college’s admission process was manual, tedious, and lacked coordinated processing, which resulted in delayed application review and student ID generation.
  • Solution: In 2015, MHCC leadership cleared up an IT backlog and transitioned new leadership into key roles. A year later, MHCC partnered with EAB to address their admission workflow, automate their enrollment process, and instill a student success culture across campus.
  • Impact: As a result, the turnaround time for acceptance dropped to less than two hours, and MHCC saw a 3% increase in percentage of applicants who registered within three days.

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Inside a Technical College’s Title III Award and Student Success Technology Investment

  • About: Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) is a small two-year college in Beaufort, South Carolina with approx. 2,000 students, about 25% of whom attend full-time.
  • Opportunity: TCL found that only 30% of admitted students completed onboarding and ultimately enrolled, with just 20% graduating within three years. TCL saw an opportunity to transform their student experience by adopting both the Guided Pathways framework and a comprehensive student success technology but lacked the resources to implement these initiatives independently.
  • Solution: TCL secured a Title III Strengthening Institutions grant in 2019 to address student success challenges and selected EAB’s Navigate360 CRM to help them meet strategic goals and grant requirements. With Navigate360, they implemented Guided Pathways and tech-enabled onboarding and advising practices. To ensure a sustained investment, TCL’s Title III team, in collaboration with executive leadership, integrated these processes into their long-term student success strategy, enhancing the campus experience.
  • Impact: TCL’s Title III and Navigate360 teams partner closely, ensuring sustained change in business processes and technology adoption through ongoing strategy conversations with their EAB Strategic Leader. TCL prioritized identification of early campus adopters during the implementation process, particularly among faculty, improving buy-in and utilization.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College Closes Equity Gaps With Retention Grants and Process Innovations

  • About: Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is a public two-year vocational-technical college serving 25,000+ students. Their Fall 2021 fall-to-spring persistence rate for first-time degree-seeking students is 65%, and 55% of all enrollees during AY21 self-identified as students of color.
  • Challenge: In Fall 2021, MATC found that registration holds and small account balances were creating persistence barriers for thousands of students. These barriers disproportionately impacted first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students. MATC partnered with EAB’s Moon Shot for Equity initiative to eliminate equity gaps in retention and ultimately graduate more students.
  • Solution: In Fall 2021, MATC activated a cross-departmental Retention Grants Team to develop and deploy a program that would incentivize students close to graduation to register for the following term. A Hold Reform team also worked to improve persistence outcomes by eliminating the deregistration process, removing a registration hold based on low account balance, and providing one free transcript despite an unpaid account balance.
  • Impact: 1,586 students were awarded micro-grants. The recipients persisted at a 10% higher rate than the general student population from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022. Further, an additional 467 students were able to register when MATC eliminated the registration hold.

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Edify Success Stories

Making LMS and SIS Data Accessible and User-Friendly in Record Time

  • About: El Camino College (ECC) is a large public community college in Torrance, CA with 20,400 students.
  • Challenge: ECC wanted to create an integrated data source for Learning Management System (Canvas) and Student Information System (Colleague) data. Neither platform offered access to data in a digestible format. Conflicting and confusing coding systems in the LMS and SIS made it challenging for leaders to use data for strategic enrollment management and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) initiatives.
  • Solution: ECC used Edify’s automated higher education data model to combine and standardize data from Canvas and Colleague in only two months. Edify matches fields automatically, even if they are coded differently within and between systems and platforms. EAB’s data experts used ECC’s standardized data to produce dashboards that allow decision-makers to view and act quickly on trustworthy SIS and LMS data to examine enrollment and registration metrics.
  • Impact: ECC now has access to a unified student record based on clean, reliable data. With standardized, governed data from Colleague and Canvas available in a single location, decision-makers can consult rich dashboards to investigate registration trends, credits, and LMS usage metrics.

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How Northampton Community College Simplified Compliance Reporting with Automated Data Preparation

  • About: Northampton Community College is a public two-year college serving 20,000+ students across three campuses in Pennsylvania. 65% of their students are first-generation and 96% of recent graduates are employed or continuing their education.
  • Challenge: Northampton struggled to meet annual compliance reporting requirements due to an ineffective data management process. It took weeks to complete each reporting cycle, and they often missed deadlines and requirements.
  • Solution: In Summer 2022, Northampton partnered with Edify, EAB’s education data and analytics solution, to automate their compliance reporting process by creating saved, repeatable workflows that mirrored both IPEDS and state report structures. Northampton’s IE staff were then able to easily run their reports, check for errors, and submit them on time.
  • Impact: With ongoing support from EAB’s professional services team, they saved hundreds of hours and expect to save even more in future cycles. With automated, repeatable workflows in place, they will be able to pull future reports, validate the data and submit both state and federal reports in less than a day. Automating a necessary process like compliance reporting has freed them up to focus on projects supporting their primary data goal: to create a culture of data confidence across the institution.

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Inside A Community College’s Streamlined, Custom Enrollment Data Warehouse Implementation

  • About: North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is a public community college in Mason City, Iowa with 2,500 students, about half of whom attend full-time.
  • Opportunity: Greg Bailey, NIACC’s CIO, knew that to improve access to enrollment data, his institution needed to modernize its approach to data infrastructure in a cost-effective, customized fashion. NIACC sought a cloud-based data management platform that would enable deep data exploration. Bailey wanted to be hands-on with the implementation process and apply his institutional knowledge and technical expertise to ensure the platform was tailored to NIACC’s needs.
  • Solution: NIACC implemented EAB’s Edify to centralize and synthesize Canvas, Colleague, Navigate, and National Student Clearinghouse data. During implementation, Bailey was in direct communication with EAB’s engineers, vetting design and offering input on code.
  • Impact: The SEM dashboard allows NIACC to understand and strategize around trustworthy data. Bailey participates in weekly conversations with his designated Strategic Leader at EAB, uncovering potential future projects and exploring additional areas of interest for improving NIACC’s data infrastructure.

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Bringing a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Student Support and Attrition Analysis

  • About: The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is a multi-campus public community college in Pittsburgh, PA with 20,336 credit-earning students.
  • Challenge: CCAC wanted to deliver a proactive, holistic, and tailored support approach across their Student Success Services team. CCAC encountered several limitations with their Ellucian Advise student success platform, including its lack of appointment scheduling functionality. CCAC sought an improved system but hoped to preserve all Advise data for reference. Additionally, CCAC wanted to investigate which factors made students most likely to stop out.
  • Solution: CCAC implemented Navigate360 and Edify (EAB’s CRM and Data & Analytics Solution, respectively). Edify allowed CCAC to conduct a historical review of Advise data, including alerts, flags, student GPA, and Pell eligibility. CCAC also incorporated student records (broken down into subsets ) from an institution-developed platform, facilitating a comprehensive review. Navigate360 equipped CCAC to communicate with students, receive alerts regarding early academic needs of students, and track appointments.
  • Next Steps: With data stored securely in Edify, CCAC plans to build a predictive model to improve their enrollment strategies. CCAC will also use Edify and Navigate360 to identify student issues or concerns, track which resources students are referred to, and measure which intervention and outreach strategies and resources have the greatest impact on student success and retention.

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Activating Institutional Data Across a Community College System with Edify

  • About: The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is a network of seven community colleges serving 26,000 students.
  • Challenge: CCSNH sought to foster efficiency in several departments, including the Registrar, Advising, and Admissions offices, by improving access to pivotal decision-informing data. Data reports were manual and static, costing valuable Institutional Research (IR) staff time to generate and distribute. With a small IR team across the System, hundreds of employees to serve, and varying levels of user expertise, CCSNH needed an intuitive tool that would grant employees direct access to actionable data.
  • Solution: CCSNH implemented Rapid Insight’s cloud-based dashboards in 2019, granting easy data access to employees across the system. Personalized dashboards allow users to prioritize work and make informed decisions. As a result, Institutional Researchers at the colleges can reclaim time for important strategic priorities.
  • Impact: CCSNH can make informed decisions at all levels of the organization, from strategic planning to individual student assistance. Live, up-to-date dashboards provide academic counselors with lists of students who need assistance, enabling responsive and impactful support. Administrators use Rapid Insight, part of Edify, to identify programs with strong term-to-term persistence, sharing out best practices to improve retention in other programs. The resulting improvements in graduation rates and equity contributed to the selection of White Mountains Community College (a CCSNH campus) as a semi-finalist for a 2023 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence.

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