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September 26, 2017

Aviso expands workforce through $9.2 million grant designed to help bolster student retention

INDIANAPOLIS – Aviso Retention, a company combining best practices and training with data science and technology to boost student success, announces plans to expand its workforce, adding eight positions to data science and engineering teams at its locations in Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. 

The expected growth is largely due to its participation in a $9.2 million grant to increase student retention at North Carolina community colleges.

In fall 2016, Aviso entered a partnership to participate in the “First in the World” grant awarded to Central Carolina Community College, aimed at boosting student retention and degree completion. The grant seeks to demonstrate the impact of proactive and individualized success coaching among 10 community colleges in the state of North Carolina and will continue until 2019.

“Aviso was invited to be a partner in the grant because of the tremendous success we had already experienced at Central Carolina Community College,” said Bryan Bell, chief data scientist at Aviso Retention. “After using our software for 24 months, the college saw a 13 percent increase in student retention. More than 450 students were retained who were identified as being at-risk of dropping out of college and close to $1.5 million in additional tuition revenue earned as a result.”

The Aviso team used predictive data to help identify student risks sooner and provided hands-on coaching to respond to and reverse attrition.

“Our improvements in student outcomes are largely due to Aviso’s expertise and our shared commitment to student success,” said Brian Merritt, vice president of learning and workforce development at Central Carolina Community College. “It’s been a very rewarding and lasting relationship.”

Bell states that Aviso offers a unique combination of technology and university-specific expertise aimed at helping colleges increase student retention and degree completion.

“Our team works closely with product engineers to develop key actionable triggers to best communicate with and assist students,” said Bell. “We take a comprehensive approach to assess the strengths and opportunities of an institution and provide industry-wide research initiatives focused on better understanding student outcomes.”

For additional information about Aviso Retention, click here. To learn more about the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, click here.

About Aviso Retention

Founded in 2012, Aviso Retention is a student retention solution that helps colleges and universities solve one of the biggest challenges in higher education: keeping students engaged, optimizing the chances of student success and avoiding attrition. Aviso does this in a holistic way, by combining proven coaching methodologies with supportive software tools and predictive analytics.

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Writer: Lyna Landis, 765-588-3575, 

Sources: Bryan Bell,

Brian Merritt,

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