A Data-driven Resource for Advising Redesign


Driving Toward a Degree is a research and action collaboration between Tyton Partners, the Babson Survey Research Group, The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), and several other partners. The goal of Driving Toward a Degree is to provide a data-driven resource supporting the higher education academic advising redesign movement.

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

Initiative 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.

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.

Achieving the Dream is a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success. Together with their network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners, Achieving the Dream is helping more than 4 million community college students have a better economic opportunity and achieve their dreams.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) is a public, two-year college in the North Carolina Community College System. CCCC is leading the Carolina Works Validation Study, one of only two validation grants awarded in 2015 by the Department of Education’s First in the World (FITW) Program. FITW aims to support, develop, test and replicate innovative solutions to address persistence and other challenges affecting student outcomes.

The Reinvention Collaborative is a national consortium of research universities dedicated to strengthening undergraduate education. The catalyst for its creation was the Boyer Commission Report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities (1998), which offered a vision of undergraduate education at research universities that builds on their unique assets and is synergistic with their research and graduate missions.

Support Partners

Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) is the leading independent authority on the nation’s nearly 1,200 two-year colleges. CCRC strategically assesses the problems and performance of community colleges in order to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students.

EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, deploy, and use information technology to anticipate and adapt to change, advancing strategic IT decision making at every level within higher education.