Must Read Press Releases April 2, 2019

Appointment of Senior Research Fellow to Support Driving Toward a Degree and the NACADA Center for Research

Source: Press Release BOSTON, MA (April 2, 2019) – Tyton Partners and NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) – proudly announce the appointment of Dr. Lydia Kyei-Blankson as Senior Research Fellow at the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University (KSU).

Dr. Kyei-Blankson, is the Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University, and her work advancing the scholarly practice and applied research related to academic advising will be sponsored by Tyton Partners for the next three years.

“Dr. Kyei-Blankson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of research design related to the complexity of the student journey,” reported Dr. Wendy Troxel, Director of the NACADA Center for Research at KSU.  “We are thrilled that she will join us for Driving Toward a Degree and future projects across the scholarship of academic advising.”

“We are grateful to the NACADA community for its ongoing engagement in this project and we look forward to illuminating effective and emerging practices in student success thanks to Dr. Kyei-Blankson’s collaboration,” said Gates Bryant, Partner at Tyton Partners.

In February, Tyton Partners released the latest version of Driving Toward a Degree, the largest longitudinal nationwide study of structures, processes, practices, and technologies related to student success in higher education.  The two-part study includes survey responses from 3,300 institutional stakeholders from nearly 1,300 unique institutions, and interviews with 30+ institutional decision-makers and technology providers. To download the full study at no cost, visit

Dr. Kyei-Blankson’s appointment and Driving toward a Degree are made possible thanks to a grant to Tyton Partners from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Tyton Partners

Tyton Partners is the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the education and global knowledge sector. Tyton offers a unique spectrum of services that supports the growth objectives for a diverse array of organizations, from emergent and established companies, to non-profit organizations, institutions, and foundations, to private equity and venture capital firms and other investors. The firm’s expertise is predicated on its principals’ years of experience working across the sector – including the preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and lifelong learning sectors. Visit for more information or follow us @tytonpartners.


NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) promotes and supports quality academic advising to enhance the educational development of students at higher education institutions.  NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through events and publications.  NACADA has over 15,000 members around the world, including professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students.

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