ERIC Number: ED414960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Computer Data Systems in Academic Counseling: Outcomes for Community College Students. ERIC Digest.
This Digest discusses computer assisted advisory practices currently in use in community colleges, outlining the types of data collected and how they are used, including the use of tracking to plan interventions for at-risk students. Enhanced computer technology has improved the effectiveness of academic advising by enabling more thorough and efficient data collection and analysis. Florida Community College has utilized an innovative application of computerized data systems to allow tracking of student progress and improve retention. Entering students must submit an outline of their goals and fields of study, which are periodically scanned for progress. Intervention strategies can then be employed to improve performance and retention. Portland Community College in Oregon utilizes their computerized database to review transcripts and course offerings to help students plan their upcoming schedules. The goal, again, is to increase academic success and retention. Midlands Technical College in South Carolina pairs computerized transcript information with staff training initiatives of developmental academic advising to reduce attrition, increase utilization of services, and involve students in orientation and advising programs. Miami Dade Community College in Florida provides students with mid-semester progress reports so that they can take action to improve if need be. Little consensus has been reached on the overall effectiveness of computer-based academic intervention strategies. They do, however, appear to be most successful when technology is paired with human resources. (YKH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.