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How to Use Current Data Systems and Predictive Analytics to Improve Student Success

How to Use Current Data Systems and Predictive Analytics to Improve Student Success

Recorded On: 12/04/2023

Mordecai I. Brownlee, Ed.D


Community College of Aurora

Dr. Brownlee is an inclusive educator who proudly served as the sixth president of the Community College of Aurora. Within the first two years of his presidency, President Brownlee has already brought about significant change and improved the student success agenda at the Community College of Aurora. These successes include CCA embarking upon its first capital project in 24 years, record-breaking capital and scholarship fundraising, the hiring of CCA’s largest and most diverse faculty ranks in the college’s history, improved student completions by more than 20%.


Dr. Mordecai publishes frequently, including serving as a columnist for EdSurge. He also teaches for Lamar University and the University of Charleston. Dr. Mordecai has been featured on several local, state, and national platforms including the American Association of Community Colleges Community College Journal, NASPA Leadership Exchange, EdUp Experience, EdTech Magazine, and Colorado Sentinel. In 2023, Dr. Mordecai was named 40 Under 40 by the prestigious Denver Business Journal and the Community Leader of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. In 2022, he was featured by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine as a “New School” leader representing the next generation of college presidents.

William J Dixon, Ed.D

Director of Institutional Research

Monroe Community College

Dr. Dixon has spent twenty three years working in Institutional Research.   He holds a Doctorate of Education: Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology.  Dr. Dixon currently serves as the Director of Institutional Research at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY where he oversees mandated reporting along with predictive analytics and the ethical use of data.  He has experience with the Virginia, Tennessee, and New York education systems and has worked closely with the Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Aspen Institute.

During his tenure, Dr. Dixon has overseen several initiatives including data warehousing, college accreditation, state and federal reporting, college financial audits, Banner implementation, Grants, and a number of other projects.  Dr. Dixon’s experience in multiple areas allows him to understand the vast amount of  data available and how this data can be used in different ways.  He is a champion of data training and access and believes strongly that people make the best decision possible based on the data they have, they just may not have the right dataset.

More data is not always the answer to improving student success.  We will be exploring how existing data can be utilized to improve success, many times without the student asking for help.


11/29/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/04/2023
11/29/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/04/2023