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Rapid Insight Hosts Free Webinar Highlighting Cutting-Edge Course Registration System

Conway, NH: Rapid Insight today announced an upcoming webinar titled, “How Netflix Inspired Improvements to Student Enrollment and Retention.” The October 26th webinar showcases a higher ed course registration portal that offers students personalized course recommendations, allows students to add courses to a shopping cart, and nudges students to complete registration for courses left in their cart. Modeled after algorithms used by Netflix and Amazon, the course registration system led to a significant increase in retention rates. 

The webinar features Dr. Michael Chavez, the Executive Director of Strategic Analytics at the University of Texas Permian Basin, who created and implemented the course registration project at Lone Star College. Dr. Chavez will explain how he used Rapid Insight’s intuitive data tools to conduct K-means analysis and suggest relevant courses to students and prospects. Jon Macmillan, Product Manager at Rapid Insight, will co-host the webinar.

“Dr. Chavez’s course registration system is an excellent demonstration of the genuine effort colleges make to help students succeed,” said Michael Laracy, Founder and President at Rapid Insight. “The familiar interface and intelligent ‘cart’ mechanics modernize registration and connect with students on their level. In the end, student success benefits both the university and the student, and we’re proud that our data tools helped make this project a reality.”

The presentation will describe how Dr. Chavez built and implemented a system which:

  • Offers students personalized course recommendations
  • Looks and functions like Netflix’s suggested viewing screen
  • Allows students to add courses of interest to their ‘cart’
  • Uses nudge messages to encourage students to complete registration for courses left in their cart

The session will conclude with an audience Q&A session with Dr. Chavez and a Rapid Insight support analyst.

Registration for the webinar is available on Rapid Insight’s website:

About Rapid Insight:

Rapid Insight is a leading provider of business analysis and automated predictive analytics software. With a specialty in higher education and a focus on ease of use and efficiency, Rapid Insight products enable users to turn their raw data into actionable information. The company’s analytic software simplifies the extraction and cleansing of data, equipping organizations of all sizes with data-informed decision making. For more information, visit



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