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A Fresh Look at Student Success: Integrative Approach to Planning and Advising Services
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 Services ( IPAS).
IPAS 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. IPAS technologies can contribute in many ways, such as 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.
In November 2013, a group of 32 invited academic, privacy and security, technology, administrative, and student support leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for a one–day summit. View participants list.
The group met to explore issues associated with managing risk in student success systems and to identify opportunities for encouraging the development of these systems. This report and executive summary below capture key findings and discussion points, with the aim of extending this conversation to a wider audience of higher education leaders.
- Managing Data Risk in Student Success Systems: EDUCAUSE IPAS Summit Report, February 2014
- EDUCAUSE IPAS Summit Report Executive Summary (forthcoming)
Research and Analysis
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) is conducting a two-phased research project on IPAS:
- Benchmarking Study (in progress)
- Documentation Study (forthcoming)
Recent EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013 IPAS Sessions
- Improving Student Outcomes Through Integrated Planning and Advising Services, Video available. Wednesday October 16th, 2013.
- Showcase of the Latest in Student Planning and Advising Tools, Wednesday October 16th, 2013.
- IPAS Grantee and Community of Practice Meeting, Wednesday October 16th, 2013.
- Sherpa: Combine Predictive Analytics with a Recommendation Engine to Improve Student Success Success,Thursday October 17, 2013.
- Adaptive Learning: Effectively Integrating Technology into the Classroom, Video available. Thursday October 17, 2013.
Schools Using Variations of IPAS
- Arizona State University – eAdvisor, Online advising and personalized student support.
Enabling the Data-Driven University, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 13, 2012
- Austin Peay State University – Degree Compass
Degree Compass: A Course Recommendation System, EDUCAUSE Review Online, September 4, 2013
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System – Direct2Degree
Direct2Degree: College One Course at a Time, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 5, 2013
- Lone Star College – Education and Career Positioning System (ECPS)
Personalizing Analytics through the Education and Career Positioning System, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 5, 2013
- Purdue University – Course Signals
Signals: Using Academic Analytics to Promote Student Success, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 18, 2012
- Sinclair Community College, My Academic Plan (MAP) –
If You MAP the Way, They Will Follow, EDUCAUSE Review Online, August 5, 2013
- South Orange Community College District – Sherpa
Sherpa: Increasing Student Success with a Recommendation Engine, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, November 8, 2012
- Valencia College – LifeMap academic planning tool
Valencia College: LifeMap and Atlas--Planning For Success, EDUCAUSE Review Online, September 5, 2012
FACT SHEET on the President’s Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class, The white house effort highlights online learning communities and e-advising tools that encourage persistence and alert instructors when additional help is needed.
- Building Blocks for College Completion: Learning Analytics, September 19, 2013
- Next Generation Learning: The Pathway to Possibility, April 3, 2013
View other resources in the EDUCAUSE Library on related topics:
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Student Success
- EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 4, 2010
December 15, 2010
Intelligent Counseling System: A 24 x 7 Academic…
- WMU's "Broncoland": Building Video Games for Student Success
March 19, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Broncoland Game and Broncoland Tour are video games designed to enhance recruiting and student success at Western Michigan University. Designed and built entirely in-house by a team of IT s…
- Reclaiming the Lead: Higher Education's Future and Implications for Technology
November 30, 2010
© 2010 Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, and Jack Suess EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 6 (November/December 2010) Freeman A. Hrabowski, III ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), is President of t…
- The Heart of Student Success: Teaching, Learning, and College Completion and 2010 CCCSE Executive Summary
November 10, 2010
This report describes four strategies that are likely to improve students’ chances for college completion: strengthening classroom engagement, integrating student support into the learning expe…
- Linking Analytics to Lifting out of Recession
September 4, 2009
The scope of higher education analytics has broadened, dealing with K-20 and workforce issues and comparisons. Moreover, the stakes are higher, as well. Analytics will be critical to higher educ…
- Something’s Got to Give: California can’t improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges
October 21, 2010
This report sets out the issues involved, drawing heavily from a recent EdSource study that was commissioned by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to provide a deeper underst…
- Next-Generation Learning: What Is It? And Will It Work?
February 6, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
The explosion of online educational resources, more powerful learning platforms, learner analytics, and MOOCs is changing higher education. Unfortunately, research on the effectiveness of different…
- Why Intervention and Impact Evaluation Is Critical for Improving Student Learning
February 4, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
This session will highlight effective strategies for designing and assessing the impact of interventions aimed at improving learning. Drawing on two recent SEI case studies that reported research o…
- Supporting Students: Academic Planning, Progress, and Learning Analytics
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Academic Progress Portal: Catching Students before They Fail The Academic Progress Portal (APP) is a web- and permissions-based, FERPA-compliant software that automatically integrates doze…
- For the Next Generation
October 7, 2010
© 2010 Diana G. Oblinger. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ ). …