Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS)
Student progress and degree completion is driving higher education to take a fresh look at services that promote student success. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EDUCAUSE is leading efforts to explore both the promise and the risks of Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS).
iPASS is an integrative approach to student success that promotes shared ownership for educational progress among students, faculty, and staff. It encompasses services that help students formulate and advance toward educational goals, including advising, counseling, progress tracking, and academic early alerts. iPASS technologies can contribute by documenting and tracking students’ educational plans, improving data analysis, offering self-service resources that reduce advisor workloads, and triggering interventions based on student behavior or faculty input.
The Grant Challenge
As of October 2015, 26 institutions are designing and implementing iPASS projects to improve the support and services they offer to improve student success and degree completion. EDUCAUSE is providing three years of financial, technical, and change-management support to the selected colleges and universities. For more information, visit the iPASS Grant page.
Research and Analysis
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) conducted a two-phased research project on iPASS, focusing on benchmarking, data and systems integration, and best practices for implementation. These publications are publicly accessible with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.