iPASS Resources

Valuable insights from current iPASS projects as well as the experiences and outcomes of the 19 institutions funded by the Gates Foundation in 2013 to implement iPASS technology solutions.

From Transforming Higher Ed Blogs by iPASS Grantees and Project Partners

Is Your Institution Ready for Transformative iPASS Reform? by Mei-Yen Ireland, Achieving the Dream
Improved Planning and Advising Help Students Succeed by Celeste M. Schwartz, Montgomery County Community College
Early Insights on iPASS by Ana Borray and Nancy Millichap, EDUCAUSE
5 Strategies to Implement Successful University-Wide Student Success Initiatives by Richard Sluder, Middle Tennessee State University

From the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

7 Things You Should Know about IPAS
7 Things You Should Read about IPAS
These publications from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provide a brief overview of integrated planning and advising services that institutions involved in implementation of these services may find useful in explaining the work to staff and faculty engaged in teaching and learning at any institution where the concepts are unfamiliar.

From the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR)

ECAR conducted site visits and analyzed the implementation of IPAS in the project's initial round; the resultant papers are publicly accessible thanks to generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

IPAS Evaluation and Assessment Guide
This report consists of two main parts. The first addresses a host of methodological and procedural issues related to the evaluation and assessment of IT projects in general and IPAS projects in particular. The second is concerned with comparing and contrasting the real-world evaluation and assessment experiences of four institutions that have recently launched IPAS projects.

IPAS Implementation Handbook
While the use of analytics to promote student success is gaining in popularity, basic questions about what IPAS is and the issues institutions face during implementation and integration still exist. The IPAS Implementation Handbook catalogs the experiences, observations, and practical advice from 19 institutions engaged in IPAS implementation projects. To facilitate comparisons, institutional IPAS data regarding expectations, goals, costs, benefits, change management efforts, implementation team composition, and end users are included.

Data and Systems Integration
Enthusiasm for IPAS solutions may be hindered both by technical and institutional barriers. The Data and Systems Integration Report uses qualitative data from four institutions that have recently implemented IPAS solutions to explore the complexities of deploying IPAS systems and integrating IPAS solutions into institutional practices.

Integrated Planning and Advising Services: a Benchmarking Study
Recognizing potential unfamiliarity with this emergent field of practice within higher education, ECAR worked with a select cohort of 36 institutions (26 of them community colleges) that are actively engaged in student success initiatives. Each institution was asked to provide two responses, one from the CIO and another from the officer responsible for student success initiatives, to a survey about their institution's IPAS practices and plans. ECAR also conducted qualitative focus groups with IPAS stakeholders from 26 of the participating institutions.

From EDUCAUSE and Achieving the Dream

EDUCAUSE worked with our project partner Achieving the Dream to determine best practices for planning for iPASS implementation, and the results are documented in this guide.

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 you and your team be successful as you implement iPASS at your institution.

Checklist for iPASS Early Alert Technology
This checklist is a compilation of questions and items for institutions to consider as they set up and roll out their iPASS Early Alert technology.

Checklist for iPASS Degree Planning Technology
This checklist is a compilation of questions and items for institutions to consider as they set up and roll out their iPASS Degree Planning system.

Checklist for iPASS 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.

From the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

Working directly with institutions that were grantees in the first round of IPAS projects, the CCRC contributed to the effort by providing the field with lessons emerging from those institutions' work.

Adopting New Technologies for Student Success: a Readiness Framework
This report presents a literature-based framework that identifies characteristics associated with colleges' readiness for technology adoption (the RTA framework); the authors illustrate what an adoption-ready college looks like by drawing on fieldwork conducted at six colleges in five states implementing Integrated Planning and Advising Services.

Evaluating Your College's Readiness for Technology Adoption
The Readiness for Technology Adoption (RTA) framework is a self-assessment tool designed to help colleges develop a nuanced picture of their overall readiness for technology adoption.

Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS): State of the Literature
This paper analyzes 60 relevant documents that have been released since 2010 and categorizes them into four different groups: 1) 39 descriptive documents that describe processes and challenges of iPASS implementation; 2) 12 output reports that examine usage data; 3) 5 correlational studies that examine non-causal associations between iPASS tools' functions and student outcomes; and 4) 4 rigorous outcomes studies that employ experimental or quasi-experimental methods to provide causal or near-causal estimations of iPASS-oriented interventions.

Leadership for Transformative Change: Lessons From Technology-Mediated Reform in Broad-Access Colleges
This study, drawing on case studies at six campuses, explores the influence of different types of leadership approaches on the implementation of a technology-mediated advising reform, and assesses which types of leadership are associated with transformative organizational change.

Student Attitudes toward Technology-Mediated Advising Systems
Using focus group interview data from 69 students at six colleges, this study investigates students' attitudes toward technology-mediated advising: the authors seek to understand how students' perceptions and experiences vary across different advising functions.

From Tyton Partners

Tyton Partners is a leading advisory firm focused on the education markets. Through sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tyton Partners disseminates market analysis and tools designed to inform the field about the state of the market for various technology innovations in higher education.

Driving Toward a Degree: Establishing a Baseline on Integrated Approaches to Planning and Advising
This research initiative is called "Driving Toward a Degree" to recognize institutions, their advising teams, and other student-facing staff who are working hard to help learners succeed. This data-driven resource enables institutions to establish a baseline for the rate of adoption of iPASS technology, use the Advising Reform Roadmap to identify and assess the most likely roadblocks that prevent an integrated system for student success; and self-assess to contextualize their approach to integrating advising.

Driving Toward a Degree: The Evolution of Planning and Advising in Higher Education
These papers provide institutions with a guide for developing and implementing a student success and retention strategy and navigating the quickly evolving landscape of vendors and products.
Part 1: The Supplier Landscape
Part 2: Roadmap for Institutional Adoption