Combining resources from Student Affairs, Information Technology, and Academic Affairs, the Gates-funded IPAS project combines technologies from Starfish, Ellucian, and Blackboard Analytics to integrate new educational planning tools, early alert systems, and a student dashboard.

A student dashboard was development that provides students with information mashed-up from the early alert system, student educational planning system, and learning management system.The dashboard, created with feedback from students, is students’ default view in Blackboard. Attendance reporting transitioned from Webadvisor to Starfish to increase reporting rates, to improve collaboration, and to influence financial aid advising. Other Starfish options are being explored for Fall16, such as referrals (e.g., to tutoring), to-dos (tasks for the students such as “change your major”), and “raise your hand” features (so the student can indicate when they’d like assistance). Using the student educational planning, 855 students already have at least a course planned for spring 17.

Faculty participation in mid-term progress reporting using Starfish Early Alert in spring 2014, summer 2014, fall 2014, and winter 2015 averaged 90% while using the previous method of mid-term progress reporting consistently averaged 73%. Pre-Starfish, attendance reporting averaged 60%.  Since transitioning to Starfish attendance reporting has consistently averaged over 93%

The IPASS2 grant has led to the adoption of jobology and another redesign of advising that puts career counceling at the forefront of student advising.




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