A Data Driven Resource for Evolving Student Supports

Data-Informed Student Support Evolution

Since 2015, Driving Toward a Degree has helped institutions make informed decisions regarding their advising and student supports, with an eye towards boosting key student success metrics.

This year, we focus on three persistent barriers to improving advising, as identified by survey respondents:

  • Capacity: Caseloads are too high for advisors to effectively meet the needs of students
  • Coordination: Lack of coordination across departments is resulting in inefficiencies in service delivery and support
  • Engagement: Student engagement with advising resources, including technology, remains low

We examine these barriers through the lens of the practices and technologies institutions are implementing to enhance the student experience. Furthermore, we identify the equitable policies and practices—defined as policies and practices designed to accommodate differences in the contexts of students’ learning—institutions are adopting to ensure all students, especially racially minoritized and poverty-affected students, are equipped with the resources to achieve their goals of academic enrichment, graduation, and gainful employment.

We invite you to engage with us and share our work.

Tyton Partners works with Bay View Analytics and several other partners including NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Reinvention Collaborative, EDUCAUSE, and Complete College America to develop and administer these studies across a national sample of postsecondary administrators, faculty, and advisors, as well as to host conversations with several product and service vendors

Below you can track the prior iterations of our research. 

  • 2021 Driving Toward a Degree: Persistent Barriers to Improving Advising
    • Supplier Landscape: > 280 companies
    • National survey: 1,300+ institutions, 2,800+ respondents
  • 2020 Driving Toward a Degree: The Evolution of Student Supports in Higher Education
    • Supplier Landscape: > 200 companies
    • National survey: 850 institutions, 2,500 respondents
  • 2019 Driving Toward a Degree: Evolution of Student Supports in Higher Education
    • Supplier landscape: > 200 companies
    • National survey: 1,300 institutions, 3,300 respondents
  • 2017 Driving Toward a Degree: State of the Academic Advising Field
    • Supplier landscape: >180 companies
    • National survey: 1,400 institutions, 2,200 respondents
  • 2016 Driving Toward a Degree: Establishing a Baseline on Integrated Approaches to Planning and Advising
    • National survey: 1,000 institutions, 1,400 respondents
  • 2015 Driving Toward a Degree: The Evolution of Planning and Advising in Higher Education
    • Supplier landscape: >120 companies