A Student Response to Analytics, Privacy, and Security

Recently, an essential handbook has been released by two leading experts in data analytics, An Analytics Handbook: Moving From Evidence to Impact.

This handbook introduces the reader to the field of analytics and its use in leveraging “big data” in higher education. The editors, Linda Baer and Colleen Carmean, gathered what is known from a variety of experts, ideas, and models. The handbook addresses key topics utilizing the expertise of those in the field. 

One of the chapters, A Student Response to Analytics, Privacy, and Security, brings the valuable but seldom heard perspective of the student. WCET has brought together Linda, Colleen, and a student at Salt Lake Community College with extensive higher education experience and knowledge, Emma Tilson, for a conversation around data analytics in higher ed and both expert and student thoughts on: 

  • Transparency in the collection and use of data.
  • Ethical collection and use of that data.
  • The security of information collected. 
  • What students want you to consider when collecting and utilizing their data. 

Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast. The webcast is free and open to all. 
The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage with captions shortly after the live session. If you prefer live captioning during the webcast, please contact us


Linda BaerLinda Baer, Senior Consultant, Linda L. Baer, Consultants
Linda Baer is a senior consultant with Linda L. Baer Consultants.  She has served over thirty years in numerous executive level positions in higher education including senior program officer in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, system senior vice chancellor, university senior vice president and interim president, and senior fellow with Civitas Learning. Her ongoing focus is to inspire leaders to improve student success and transform institutions for the future. Baer presents and publishes on educational transformation, partnerships, shared leadership and workshops on building capacity in analytics.  An Analytics Handbook: From Evidence to Impact has recently been published and is available from the Society for College and University Planning.  

Colleen CarmeanColleen Carmean, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation, University of Washington, Tacoma
Colleen Carmean, PhD is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation at University of Washington Tacoma. Her responsibilities include research, strategy and implementation of academic technologies, elearning, and analytics, focused on developing a culture of evidence, retention and student success. Carmean has served as an NLII (EDUCAUSE) Fellow, Arizona Wakonse Teaching Fellow, and UW Tacoma Writing Fellow. She is passionate about getting “new traditionals” to the finish line, prepared for the digital age they are entering. 

Emma TilsonEmma Tilson, Student, Salt Lake Community College and Administrative Coordinator, WICHE
Emma Tilson is a working, adult student. She has attended a public comprehensive university, a research university, and a community college.  She works at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).  Emma also worked at a competency-based, online institution.  She is familiar with student data collection and usage at a variety of institutional types.



Rob RobinsonRob Robinson, Senior Principal Partner Strategy Consultant, Civitas Learning 
Rob Robinson is a Senior Principal Partner Strategy Consultant at Civitas Learning where he works with colleges and universities to help them leverage data analytics to further their mission of student success. Prior to coming to Civitas Learning, Robinson was a Principal Strategist at Blackboard, a position in which he provided strategic consulting services to higher education clients in the US and abroad. Between 2010 and early 2012, he served as Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he led online and hybrid course development and supported faculty and staff across the institution. Robinson holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. from UT Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.