ERIC Number: ED216722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Computer Enhanced Academic Alert and Advisement System.
Kelly, J. Terence; Anandam, Kamala
This paper describes Miami-Dade Community College's (MDCC's) Academic Alert and Advisement System (AAAS), which uses a powerful and sophisticated computer system called Response System with Variable Prescriptions (RSVP) to provide students with information about their progress in a course midway through the term. The paper begins by outlining the educational problems facing community colleges and the curricular and policy changes undergone by MDCC in response to these challenges. Next, it explains the RSVP system and its place in the three-level design of AAAS. The paper notes that at the first level, sources of student data for the system were delineated; at the second, the relevant student attribute and course information from the database were identified; and at the third, the selected pieces of information were combined to form meaningful groups of students for variable computer-generated feedback statements. Charts are provided to illustrate the formation of the student groups to receive specific types of progress reports, advisement for future registration, reports on previous term status, and statements of progress in the current term. After describing the developmental phases of AAAS and its implementation, the paper offers information on AAAS's favorable reception by faculty and students and other outcome data. Appendices provide MDCC's Standards of Academic Progress and summary reports from the faculty and student evaluations. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Miami Dade Community College FL; Response System with Variable Prescriptions
Note: Paper presented at the 1979 CAUSE National Conference (Orlando, FL, November 27-30, 1979).