HUMAN POTENTIAL

Dr. Mitchell Colver is a professional trainer, consultant, and thought leader working to empower human potential at the individual and organizational level.

CONSULTING FOR THE 21st CENTURY

Gain access to the latest best-practices
with the right supports to drive success.


Praise from Dr. Jenny Bloom, author of The Appreciative Advising Revolution:

“Not only is Mitchell Colver an engaging and gifted storyteller and presenter, the substance of his message is on point. He reminds us all as members of the higher education community that we must use analytics in an ethical and equitable manner and never forget that the data represents real people who are so much more than a number.”

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Sustaining Data-Informed Leadership

Sustaining data-informed leadership means focusing on professionals, not software, and on culture, not tools. Let outside support catalyze your organization’s success by putting analytics to action.

Analytics & Data Therapy

Analytics users need to be scaffolded in their professional agency, professional competence, and professional relatedness.


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Ethics of Care & Social Equity

Organizations that prioritize ethical innovation reap the benefits of 21-century solutions that help close common equity gaps.


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Change Leadership Consulting

At the core of successful change leadership is human empowerment, intentionality, and collaboration.


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The Innovation Delta: A Model for Collaborative Decision Making

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The Lifecycle of Sustainable Analytics: From Data Collection to Change Management

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Cognitive Ergonomics: Supporting Effective Use of Predictive Analytics Using Ethical Mental Frameworks

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What Clients Are Saying

Dr. Colver has been invited to train educators throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Here are a few of their voices.

“Mitchell did an awesome job last year and it was recommended by several people for him to present at our state conference again this year.”

Utah System of Higher Education
Conference for school counselors and administrators

“Wildly engaging… one of our most talked about speakers. Months after the presentation, our staff were still discussing the rich questions posed by the trainer. “

University of Colorado – Boulder
BOULDER, COLORADO

“Dr. Colver did an amazing job discussing how to actively engage students and build a sense of community. I can see how I will use his ideas to improve my teaching.”

Widener University
CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA

“Mitchell’s ability to teach simply and powerfully is exceptional. He was easy to connect with and you could tell he wanted us to understand and learn.”

Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement
STUDENT ORGANIZATION

“A message every educator should hear! Meaningful. Practical. You will walk away with so many ideas, the hard part will be deciding where to start!”

Skyview High School
Cache County SChoolS

“The presentation on play and self-regulation is one of the best on this topic I have ever seen. His work encourages everyone to reflect on the power of play as a developmentally appropriate practice.”

Edith Bowen Lab School
Utah State University

“Thank you for gently making me take a closer look at my own best practices and giving me a new prospective and fresh momentum.”

Broward College
DAVIE, FLORIDA

“Attending this workshop was the best decision I made for our team this year. We left with a renewed passion for student support and a transformed perspective on how data informs those efforts.”

Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, INDIANA

“Dr. Colver has combined his data analysis skills and his knowledge of psychology to provide insights that are data-driven, theory-driven, and impactful. ”

London South Bank Univeristy
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TRAINER BIO

DR. MITCHELL COLVER

Mitchell C. Colver, PhD, began working in higher education in 2007, where his early experiences with students taught him to focus on the value of human diversity and human potential. As a thought leader in the fields of education and analytics, he is frequently invited to champion the idea that student success can best be fostered through increased intentionality amongst instructors, staff, and organizational leaders.

EDUCATION

Mitchell has degrees in Psychology, Music, and Experimental Research. His PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, & Higher Education Research is from Utah State University.

HUMANIST

Always keeping an eye toward the importance of the human element, Mitchell takes a holistic approach to change managment, valuing people over tools and process over products.

PROFESSIONAL

Mitchell has worked in education both at the K12 and post-secondary level. His original position in education was as a reading instructor at a Title I elementary school in Las Vegas.

RESEARCH

His research has appeared in Slate, Business Insider, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, and, internationally, on Radio BBC and Radio New Zealand National. He presents at dozens of events and conferences each year.

Trainings for Students & Educators

Consider these trainings specifically designed for students and educators that increase data literacy, enhance skillsets, and frame each role with greater professional agency and empowerment.

Adversity is Central to Human Growth

Students Helping Students & How the University Works

This session highlights how social support is a critical factor of facing and overcoming the rigors of the collegiate experience.

Appreciative Analytics

Incorpoarating Analytics into the Advising Workflow

This training incorporates the central tenets of Jenny Bloom’s “Appreciative Advising” with central features of newly available analytics tools oriented towards Academic Advisors.

Self-Efficacy in Higher Education

Rediscovering the Purposes of a Higher Education

This workshop highlights the key elements of university life, including the invaluable knowledge that emerges from rigor.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Study Simpler: Study Skills Development

Study Simpler  is a book that contains fifty-two holistic study skills interventions that students, parents, and educators can rely on to lay a solid foundation of study skills proficiency within the lives of students, especially at the university level. The acronym SIMPLER outlines seven of the most influential factors related to student well-being: Space, Intervals, Method, People, Loyalty, Energy, and Resources. These seven categories make up the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of student success.

Professional Development for K12

The following 2-hour trainings can be schedule individually or in blocks of 4, 6, or 8 hours. Several of the trainings are more ideal for secondary settings.

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Self-Regulation & Extracurricular Activities

This 2-hour professional development demonstrates how performance-based extracurricular activities are well poised to improve student self-regulation.

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Mindset: Facing & Overcoming Failure

This 2-hour professional development highlights the work of Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck and the importance of helping students interpret failure appropriately and embrace the rigorous nature of academic work.

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Preparing Students for College

This 2-hour professional development focuses on skills and awarenesses that students need to have as they prepare for college. Emphasis is placed on the importance of human relationships and academic identity.

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The Hero’s Journey: A Vision for Success

This 2-hour seminar highlights “The Hero’s Journey” – the idea that each student is the main character in a thrilling story of hope, challenges, and achievement.

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

Why does
great music give us the chills?

Dr. Colver’s early research into the human experience highlights why some individuals are more likely than others to get goosebumps from listening to music–insight that helps us think about why feelings of safety are so important to the process of change.

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MUSIC & CHILLS

Roughly 55-85% of the population is able to experience chills in reaction to music, a marker of the personality trait Openness.

EMOTION & CHANGE

Music research highlights how our emotions help us deal with threats to our well-being, including coping with basic change.

Teambuilding Seminars & Personality Workshops

Dr. Colver offers several Teambuilding Seminars & Personality Workshops, including those that use personality assessments like the Reiss Motivation Profile & Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help team members understand themselves and others.

Make learning fun…

The latest in research in educational theory suggest that play is not only an essential element of childhood, but a key aspect of learning. The educational importance of play does not diminish at adolescence and continues to be relevant well into adulthood and spaces of professional development.

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Schedule a consultaton today. mitchell.colver@usu.edu