A Data Driven Resource for Evolving Student Supports


Driving Toward a Degree is a research and action collaboration between Tyton Partners, Bay View Analytics, NASPA —Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Achieving the Dream (ATD), EDUCAUSE, Complete College America, and the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU, formerly the Reinvention Collaborative).

The goal of Driving Toward a Degree is to provide a data-driven resource supporting the higher education academic advising redesign movement.

Initiative Partners

Bay View Analytics is a survey design, implementation, and analysis group within the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Bay View Analytics 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 Bay View Analytics 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.

NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.

The Advising Success Network (ASN) is a dynamic network of five organizations partnering to engage institutions in holistic advising redesign to advance success for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander students and students from low-income backgrounds. The network develops services and resources to guide institutions in implementing evidence-based advising practices to advance a more equitable student experience to achieve our vision of a higher education landscape that has eliminated race and income as predictors of student success. The ASN is coordinated by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and includes Achieving the Dream, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, EDUCAUSE, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

The Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU) is a national consortium that brings together research university leaders with expertise in the theory and practice of undergraduate education. UERU helps undergraduate vice presidents/provosts and their colleagues connect with one another and with national networks that help them advance innovation and excellence in undergraduate education. Members work collaboratively to develop and implement innovative undergraduate practices.

EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. Technology, IT roles and responsibilities, and higher education are dynamically changing. Formed in 1998, EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, and use information technology to anticipate and adapt to these changes, advancing strategic IT decision making at every level within higher education. EDUCAUSE is a global nonprofit organization whose members include U.S. and international higher education institutions, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and K-12 institutions. With a community of more than 100,000 individuals at member organizations located around the world, EDUCAUSE encourages diversity in perspective, opinion, and representation.

Since its founding in 2009, Complete College America (CCA) has been recognized at the state and national levels as a fierce advocate for the importance of improving retention and graduation rates and eliminating institutional performance gaps in higher education. CCA’s 47-member Alliance of states, systems, and institutional consortia provides the ability to scale change, implement content at a national level and inform policy that serves as enablers for the existing practice of convening state teams which leads them to adoption of its strategies.