Minnesota’s Largest Private University Puts Students First in Launching New Online Programs

University of St. Thomas partners with student success experts, InsideTrack to optimize the enrollment process and student experience

ST. PAUL, MN (APRIL 10, 2018) — Launching new higher education programs always involves a certain amount of risk.  That is why savvy institutions design for the entire student lifecycle, from recruitment through graduation to increase the chances of success and ensure that students have a positive experience from the outset. For example, the University of St. Thomas (St. Thomas), Minnesota’s largest private university is integrating student success coaching into the enrollment process for several new online programs, through a partnership with InsideTrack.

Over the next two years, InsideTrack’s professional coaches will work closely with St. Thomas’ enrollment team to support as many as 3,000 prospective students in making informed enrollment decisions, connecting to campus resources and beginning their program with a well-designed plan to balance career, academic and personal commitments.  InsideTrack will also support St. Thomas in operationalizing insights gained through coaching interactions to optimize the enrollment process, better allocate resources and ensure students get the support they need to persist and graduate prepared for meaningful careers.

“One of the hallmarks of St. Thomas’ graduates is that they lead, work and serve with both the skills and empathy vital to creating a better world,” said Brett Coup, associate vice president for academic technology at the University of St. Thomas. “It’s our responsibility as an institution to constantly enhance our own skills, as well as our understanding of student needs. Partnering with InsideTrack is an important part of our efforts to provide our students with the outstanding educational experience that St. Thomas is known for.”

Minnesota’s largest private university, with approximately 10,000 students from 50 states and 63 countries, St. Thomas has metropolitan campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate degree programs. With a low student-faculty ratio, each student is able to enjoy personal attention from professors and opportunities to collaborate in student-faculty research.  The coaching initiative will initially focus on several new online programs launching in the fall of 2018, including Masters programs in Business Administration, Law and Catholic Studies, as well as a graduate certificate in Business Analytics.

InsideTrack, a member of the nonprofit Strada Education Network has coached over 1.5 million students across a broad range of educational institutions and supported the launch of countless online programs around the country. In addition, its Capacity Building services and uCoach® Platform enable institutions to implement and sustain their own programs to improve outcomes and generate insights into the student experience through predictive analytics and multichannel communication.

“It’s clear that the University of St. Thomas is strongly committed to providing students with the best possible experience, starting from the moment they inquire,” said Mike Embry, associate vice president of program development at ‎InsideTrack. “We’re proud to partner with them in this effort and excited for the impact our partnership will have on both student and institutional outcomes.”

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About InsideTrack

InsideTrack is passionate about student success. Since 2001, we have been dedicated to partnering with colleges and universities to create adaptive solutions that generate measurable results. These solutions combine professional coaching, technology, and data analytics to increase enrollment, completion, and career readiness. Our adaptive coaching methodology is based on the latest behavioral science research and knowledge gained from working with more than 1.5 million students and 1,600 programs. In combination with our uCoach® Platform, our approach optimizes student engagement and generates valuable insights on the student experience through predictive modeling, behavioral analysis, and multichannel communication. InsideTrack is a member of the nonprofit Strada Education Network. Join us and the leading institutions, foundations, and others working to bring the transformative power of education to all individuals. Visit us at www.insidetrack.com and follow us on Twitter @InsideTrack.

About University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive university that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. As Minnesota’s largest private university, with approx. 10,000 students from 50 states and 63 countries, St. Thomas has metropolitan campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rome. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors with opportunities for cross-disciplinary coursework in the liberal arts, and 60 graduate degree programs, including engineering, business and law. The university’s partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and its 105,000 alumni connect students to internships – completed by nearly two-thirds of undergraduates. Ninety-five percent of students are employed or enrolled in graduate schools within nine months of graduation.Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

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