A Data-driven Resource for Advising Reform


Driving Toward a Degree is a research and action collaboration between Tyton Partners and The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA). The goal of Driving Toward a Degree is to provide a data-driven resource supporting the higher education planning and advising reform movement.

The partners are engaged in ongoing original research on higher education planning and advising, including an annual study aimed at understanding practice evolution and technology adoption in planning and advising. Additionally, drivetodegree.org is an information hub for both institutions on the path to advising reform and technology vendors. In this effort, the site will publicize research by other organizations, information about relevant upcoming events, and other resources.

Initiative Partners

Tyton Partners is the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the global knowledge sector. With offices in Boston and Stamford, CT, the firm has an experienced team of bankers and consultants who deliver a unique spectrum of services from mergers and acquisitions and capital markets access to strategy development that helps companies, organizations, institutions and investors navigate the complexities of the education, media, and information markets. Tyton Partners leverages a deep foundation of transactional and advisory experience and unparalleled level of global relationships to make its clients’ aspirations a reality and catalyze innovation in the sector.

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising to enhance the educational development of students at higher education institutions. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through events and publications. NACADA has over 13,000 members including professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students.

Support Partners

The Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) is a survey design, implementation, and analysis group within the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. BSRG partners with and conducts research for universities, businesses, foundations, and agencies including the London School of Business, Hunter College, the Commonwealth Institute, the College Board, Eduventures, Citizen’s Bank, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Midwestern higher education Compact, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Gates Foundation, Tyton Partners and the American Distance Education Consortium. The BSRG activities cover all stages of projects, including initial proposals, sample selection, survey design, methodological decisions, analysis plan, statistical analyses, and production of reports.