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 EAB arriving to improve student outcomes

Chances are you’ve heard those three little letters “E-A-B” before now, but may be unsure why you’re hearing them or what they mean. If you attended the Chancellor’s first Campus Conversation event​ featuring university leadership, you learned from Provost Roderick Nairn, PhD, that EAB stands for the Educational Advisory Board and that CU Denver and EAB are just beginning an exciting new executive partnership which will include research and consulting, and a technology tool called the Student Success Collaborative (SSC).

Campus Conversation

It was big news and an indication that regularly attending future Campus Conversations is a good idea to stay informed and be among the first to receive updates on what’s new at CU Denver. The conversations also offer staff, faculty and students the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and raise concerns. Several additional sessions are scheduled​ before the end of the semester and I urge you to attend.

Why EAB?

But, back to EAB and the positives  we expect it to bring as we continue working to provide the ultimate CU 
Denver student experience. The EAB team has already begun working with areas across the university, including our student affairs division, as we continue to focus on student recruitment, engagement and retention, and graduation. I’ve met the team and I like them. They’re easy to work with, willing to engage, knowledgeable and, most of all, they truly want to help us find new ways to help our students.

The division’s never-ending quest is to make our support programs more seamless and impactful. We’re constantly asking how we can do better, keep our students in school and get them to their graduation finish line goal. This new relationship with EAB is the next step in those efforts.

EAB’s leading research, consulting and technology tools will give staff members a wealth of information they can easily tap into and use as a guiding resource. It will also provide us with predictive analytics reflective of our current efforts to support and retain our students. As a whole, EAB is designed to analyze data to help us predict student successes and give us the opportunity to improve outcomes with the ultimate goal of increasing retention and graduation numbers.

Student Success Collaborative (SSC)

The SSC tool plays a big role in the EAB support system. It will elevate the advisor-student relationship, provide advisors with robust predictive data for earlier and more successful interventions with students who are struggling and assist them with day-to-day tasks. SSC is expected to be in place, ready to begin making a difference for our students in August.

United CU Denver effort

You can probably sense my excitement about CU Denver teaming up with EAB. But, we all must keep in mind that EAB’s findings are only as good as the ways institutions use them after they’ve been researched. There will be work to do. The best practices that we develop from the research will be the result of a united effort across the university.

Develop our own recipe

The conclusions we come to may be something totally new and unexpected—something we never would have thought of on our own, and that prospect can be intimidating.

There’s no set recipe for success included here, just the ingredients. How we combine them, how we react to the self-evaluation and a possible change in our culture, is up to us. And, because of you, I have a really good feeling about where we’re headed. I know that our division is prepared to take a leadership role in the project.

Simple, impactful solutions

This EAB partnership offers endless possibilities and I can’t wait to dig in and really get started! EAB has demonstrated success at other institutions that look like us who’ve used the tools to enhance their student support efforts and outcomes. The EAB has the data, it’s real, and universities are using it to develop policies and procedures that truly focus on student success. It will even help us find solutions to some of the simplest issues, like helping support staff spend more time working directly with students and less time on busy work.

Let’s get started

I invite you to get excited about EAB’s potential with me and be prepared to embrace it. Together, we’re set to take full advantage of all it offers on behalf of our students!​


Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs


Please contact Bonnie Hixson​ to schedule a time to meet​​​

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