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Sova Stands in Support of Racial Justice

Sova raises its voice in solidarity with the Black community, non-Black people of color, and white allies who are peacefully protesting the direct actions and underlying systemic injustices that led to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Akai Gurley, Philando Castile, and countless other unarmed black men, women, and youth. We are inspired by the overwhelming, united national and international calls for justice and long overdue change to break down the systems of oppression against Black Americans. 

About Us

Sova focuses on improving the quality and accelerating the pace of complex problem solving in the areas of higher education and workforce development. Animated by a core commitment to advancing socioeconomic mobility for more Americans, Sova pursues its mission through distinctive approaches to will-building, strategic planning, change leadership and process improvement.

Who We Work With

Driven by a commitment to genuine upward mobility through higher education, we support colleges and universities, higher education systems & advocacy organizations, and philanthropies dedicated to student-focused innovation on behalf of better and more equitable outcomes for today’s learners.

How We Help

Our work is based on the conviction that sustainable, scalable, high-quality innovation in higher education and workforce development must be designed and implemented with rigorous attention to the human dimensions of change. No evidence for change is strong enough, no idea good enough, to take the place of high-functioning teams capable of effective design, implementation, and improvement. We meet our clients where they are and help them navigate their way to what they need. Sova is uniquely skilled in working side-by-side with higher education leaders to develop student success strategies, build will for change, engage critical stakeholders in collective problem-solving, and support the implementation and scale of key initiatives.

What We’re Learning

In the News: Creating Large-Scale Student Focused Change

In the News: Creating Large-Scale Student Focused Change

“If institutional change does not make things better for students, something is missing.” In this episode of IngenioUs, Dr. Alison Kadlec offers helpful guidance for how to create the conditions for positive change on your campus.

In the News: It’s time to fix the broken higher education transfer pipeline

Just 13 percent of students who enter community college earn a degree within six years, even though 80 percent indicate that that’s their goal. This leaky transfer pipeline has many holes that can and must be addressed. Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board members recommend state and higher education leaders take the following steps to address systemic barriers that keep too many community college transfer students from completing degrees that lead to successful careers.

In the News: New Op-Ed Released as Part of Tackling Transfer Initiative

For colleges and universities to fully foster social mobility and develop America’s talent, successful transfer is critical, especially for the more than 8.7 million students enrolled nationally in community colleges. The Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board will challenge the status quo and make strong and clear recommendations for state transfer policy that will lead to equitable transfer student outcomes. This is the first in a series of forthcoming publications produced by Tackling Transfer board members that will examine the state policy conditions needed to drive scaled and measurable improvements for transfer students.

In Their Words

Sova has worked side-by-side with us to strengthen our college’s culture of student success in ways that we could not have done on our own. Read more
Richard RhodesPresidentAustin Community College
Sova has worked side-by-side with us to strengthen our college’s culture of student success in ways that we could not have done on our own. They’ve helped us take a hard look at ourselves, celebrating our assets and challenging us to aim higher — and they’ve done so in ways that have garnered the trust and active engagement of a wide range of our college stakeholders. Sova has been a uniquely valuable partner to us as we’ve worked to create a true culture of innovation and care on behalf of our students.
Richard RhodesPresidentAustin Community College