Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

July 12, 2017

Episode 7: Voices from ASU+GSV – Solutions for Student Success


From the ASU+GSV Summit, this special edition of To A Degree explores solutions for student success with Michele Johnson, chancellor & CEO of Pierce College District; Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president at Colorado State University; Ellen Wagner, vice president of research at Hobsons; and Gates Bryant, partner at Tyton Partners.

Segment 1: Michele Johnson

President Michele Johnson describes how Pierce College District’s decision to increase its graduation rate and close achievement gaps among student populations led to a wide range of institutional changes, including joining Achieving the Dream.

Additional Resources:
Pierce College District’s Vision and Mission
Pierce College District demographics

Segment 2: Rick Miranda

Rick Miranda discusses the evolution of Colorado State University’s land-grant mission, and the institution’s experience deploying adaptive learning technologies to enhance student learning and improve course completion rates.

Additional Resources:
Colorado State University

Segment 3: Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner, vice president of research at Hobsons, talks about advances in analytics and how colleges can use data to make decisions about learning interventions before students experience problems.

Additional Resources:
Hobsons Resources

Segment 4: Gates Bryant

Gates Bryant discusses recent research conducted by Tyton Partners on institutions seeking to scale digital learning and improve advising, including capacity and knowledge on the demand side and design challenge on the supply side.

Additional Resources:
Tyton Library


Guest Bios

Michele Johnson is the chancellor and CEO of Pierce College District in Washington, where under her leadership the district set a bold goal to close the achievement gap by 2020. She received the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2016 Pacific Region CEO Award.




Rick MirandaAs provost and executive vice president of Colorado State University, Rick Miranda oversees academic programming and faculty affairs, and provides leadership to fulfill the land-grant mission of the university.




Ellen WagnerEllen Wagner is vice president of research at Hobsons, where she studies how educational institutions make data-driven decisions that help students succeed. Previously, she was a partner/senior analyst at Sage Road Solutions and co-founder/chief research officer of PAR Framework.



Gates Bryant

Gates Bryant is a partner in the strategy consulting practice at Tyton Partners. Previously, he was an executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a consultant with the Parthenon Group.




Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.