Recognizing the importance of how academic technologies and data inform student success, University of Phoenix® School of Advanced Studies today announced the opening of the Center for Learning Analytics Research. The research center will focus on elevating educational offerings in the digital age through better understanding of teaching and learning through technology. Empirical studies published through the tenth and most recently opened research center by University of Phoenix will add to what is known about how adult learners succeed in an online environment, with the goal of creating a community of scholars focused on learning analytics research. "University of Phoenix pioneered online education, and that is why we are committed to conducting research that will inform our instructional and curricular approaches to improve student outcomes and advance the online teaching and learning process," said Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., executive dean for University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. "The aim of this research center is clear; we are taking a smart, data-driven approach to improving higher education." The vision of the research center is to become the world's leading active learning laboratory, advance scholarship on blended and online learning, and inform higher education outcomes. "Leveraging learning analytics provides an opportunity to better understand how students learn and to identify critical elements to effective teaching," said Scott Burrus, Ph.D., research chair for the Center for Learning Analytics Research. "Learning analytics can be applied to every level of a university, and increases our ability at University of Phoenix to deliver a more personalized, practical and applied instruction that maximizes and supports meaningful learning." For more information about the research center and how the team is informing higher education through learning analytics, or to learn more about the other research centers at University of Phoenix, visit https://research.phoenix.edu/. About the School of Advanced Studies School of Advanced Studies is home to doctoral programs at University of Phoenix ,and develops leaders who create new models that explain, predict and improve organizational performance in their fields. The practitioner degrees offered through the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix are designed around the Scholar, Practitioner, Leader™ Model, incorporating lifelong learning (scholarship), social and workplace contribution (practice), and the ability to exert positive influence (leadership). More information can be found at www.phoenix.edu/schoolofadvancedstudies. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S., as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.