Author Profile

Carlos Rivers | Operations Research Analyst in the Institute for Competency-Based Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Current Position and Past Experience
Carlos Rivers serves as the Operations Research Analyst for the Institute for Competency-Based Education. He focuses primarily on historical data collection and analysis for Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate Degree and establishing and tracking program specific metrics that can potentially serve as a framework for universities planning to launch similar competency-based programs. In this position, Rivers has provided baseline data to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) that has served as a starting point for grant applications to fund additional sites. Rivers also has provided data and analytic insight for university-wide enrollment and retention initiatives for the Enrollment Management Division both in online and offline applications.

Before this position, Rivers worked as a Sales and Operations Manager in a leading technology organization in the international marketplace. Working in the IT industry has given him an extensive understanding of the power of data analytics and how to transform raw data into actionable insights that provide business impact and benefits for organizations. In this position he was awarded Manager of the Year at a national scale in Nicaragua.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Rivers earned an M.B.A from Texas A&M University-Commerce, ranking in the top 10 percentile of his graduating class. He obtained his B.A. in International Business with minors in Economics and Asian Studies from Mercyhurst University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Rivers won the Lions Business Innovation Showcase for his site His idea also made it to the Top 50 Internet businesses in Baylor University’s New Venture competition. Rivers has received numerous awards including the National Engaged Leadership Award and an award from the Hispanic Education Consortium for Hispanic leaders in Education & the community.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Rivers volunteers his time as a Mentor with the Office of Hispanic Outreach working with prospective and current minority students to help them accomplish their career and personal goals. He also enjoys traveling and meeting people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

You can connect with Carlos Rivers via LinkedIn and on Twitter crivers88. If you are interested to learn more about the Institute for Competency-Based Education, or to collaborate on future projects, please visit us on Facebook or visit our webpage for more information. If you are interest in more from Rivers, please see his co-authored article on the Educause Review title Competency-Based Education and Predictive Analytics: Learning From Transfers.