Concerns about rates of student progress and degree completion are driving higher education to explore ways to improve student success. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EDUCAUSE is leading efforts to explore the promise and challenges of student success planning systems (iPASS: Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success) and the transformation of student advising that they support.

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

Beginning in October 2015, 26 institutions have been implementing systems to improve student success and degree completion. EDUCAUSE is providing three years of financial, technical, and change-management support to these colleges and universities. For more information, visit the iPASS Grant page.

 

Implementation Support Tools

EDUCAUSE created these guides and checklists for student success planning systems implementation in partnership with Achieving the Dream.

Planning for Rollout and Adoption: A Guide for iPASS Institutions

This series of interconnected guides describes each component of a rollout and adoption plan, providing best practices and tools to help an institutional team implement a student success planning system.

Checklist for Early Alert Technology

This checklist is a compilation of questions and items for institutions to consider as they set up and roll out early alert technology.

Checklist for Degree Planning Technology

This checklist is a compilation of questions and items for institutions to consider as they set up and roll out a degree planning system.

Checklist for Predictive Analytics Technology

This checklist is a compilation of questions and items for institutions to consider as they embark in considering and deploying a Predictive Analytics system.

Research and Analysis  

EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) conducted a research project on iPASS during the project’s initial round, 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.

The Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University (CCRC) also conducts research and publishes papers on institutions implementing online planning, advising, and tracking systems.

Tyton Partners, an advisory firm focused on education markets, disseminates market analysis and tools designed to inform the field about the state of the market for various technology innovations in higher education.under the sponsorship of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their work on student success planning systems includes these studies:

Driving Toward a Degree: Establishing a Baseline on Integrated Approaches to Planning and Advising

Driving Toward a Degree: The Evolution of Planning and Advising in Higher Education

Part 1: The Supplier Landscape

Part 2: Roadmap for Institutional Adoption

 

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