A Data Driven Resource for Student Supports 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

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.

Formed in 2018, the Advising Success Network (ASN) is a collection of five partner organizations working to transform higher education advising structures and systems to improve graduation rates and advance socioeconomic and racial equity. ASN advocates for a holistic approach to advising that includes career, financial, and other student supports, putting students at the center and creating a culture of continuous improvement with student success as its objective. Network partners represent higher education organizations and leaders who work to gather and disseminate best practices across the field of advising in higher education.

The Reinvention Collaborative is a consortium that brings together research university leaders with expertise in the theory and practice of undergraduate education. The RC helps undergraduate vice presidents/provosts and their colleagues connect with one another and with national networks that help them advance undergraduate education. RC members work collaboratively to develop and implement innovative undergraduate practices.