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ERIC Number: ED566748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Campus-Based Practices for Promoting Student Success: Software Solutions. Research Brief
Horn, Aaron S.; Reinert, Leah; Reis, Michael
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Colleges and universities are increasingly adopting various software solutions to raise degree completion rates and lower costs (Ferguson, 2012; Vendituoli, 2014; Yanosky, 2014). Student success software, also known as Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS), appears to be in high demand among both students and faculty (Dahlstrom & Bichsel, 2014; Dahlstrom & Brooks, 2014). For example, in a recent survey of students at 185 postsecondary institutions, over 80% of respondents indicated at least moderate interest in using software for guiding course selection, monitoring and improving performance, and identifying relevant resources (Dahlstrom & Bichsel, 2014). This brief provides an overview of student success software and summarizes findings from the nascent body of student outcomes research. Student success software can be generally classified as one of three types: academic planning systems, task engagement systems, and early alert systems (see Table 1). Academic planning software can assist students in creating a degree plan and monitoring degree progress. Task engagement software can provide automated behavioral cues, reminders, and positive reinforcement that help students to complete coursework and comply with administrative deadlines. Early warning systems are designed to collect and utilize student data to alert faculty and staff of students in need of assistance. This brief concludes with the identification of several campus practices that may promote the successful implementation of new software solutions.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Midwestern Higher Education Compact
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