The University of South Florida has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the nation (and fourth among all U.S. universities) for eliminating the completion gap between Latino and white students, according to The Education Trust, a non-profit advocacy organization. USF’s accomplishment was fueled by the use of data analytics to eliminate the graduation rate gap between race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status – as well as improving retention rates. The successful implementation of these data analytics to close the graduation gap also earned USF the honor of higher education’s “Institution of the Year” by the Washington, D.C.-based publication Education Dive.


“At USF, we believe that every student can succeed if given the opportunity to do so,” said Paul Dosal, vice president of student affairs & student success. “This recognition comes as the result of our decade-long institutional commitment to student success and the programs, initiatives and technology implemented in support of that commitment.”


In 2014, USF partnered with student success company Civitas Learning to develop unique insight into the student experience, through the use of predictive analytics. Equipped with Civitas Learning’s platform, student support personnel were able to intervene and coordinate timely, tailored support  – such as advising, tutoring, counseling and involvement opportunities – to help students get back on track toward graduation. “The University of South Florida is one of the finest examples of a university committed to the success of all students,” said Mark David Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer at Civitas Learning.


As noted last March, USF has also been recognized as the No. 1 university in Florida and sixth in the nation for eliminating the completion gap between black and white students, according to the Education Trust.