Marist Team Wins Prestigious Innovator Award

Campus Technology recognizes Open Academic Analytics Initiative

POUGHKEEPSIE (Aug. 1, 2013) – Marist College has received the 2013 Campus Technology Innovators Award for its development of the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI), an open-source system that uses predictive analytics to help instructors identify at-risk students and deploy intervention strategies to help them succeed.

The award was presented recently at Campus Technology's Education Technology Conference in Boston, Mass.

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The OAAI project was initially funded by an Educause Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, which was, in turn, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This is the second Innovators Award for Marist, which was recognized in 2006 for a student-centered podcasting project.

"Receiving this award is a great honor given the selectivity of the program," said Marist Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron, who leads the OAAI team. "It speaks to the dedication and expertise of the OAAI team which included faculty, students, and staff from both Marist and several other partner institutions and companies. Without this team we would never have achieved the success we have seen nor become a recognized leader in the emerging field of learning analytics."

Other team members were, from left to right in above photo: Dr. Eitel Lauria, associate professor of information systems; Dr. Erik Moody, assistant professor of psychology; and Sandeep Markondiah Jayaprakash, learning analytics specialist; joined by Baron.

The project's academic partners were Cerritos College, College of the Redwoods, North Carolina A&T State University, and Savannah State University. Its technology partners were ASAHI Net International, IBM, Pentaho, rSmart, and Sakai.

The award is just the latest evidence of Marist's leadership in the field of analytics. In December, the College was awarded $3 million by New York State to establish the New York State Center for Cloud Computing and Analytics.