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Georgia Southwestern State University-2015--Tracking Student Success (DegreeWorks), -Early Alerts


Using Campus Labs technology in order to implement Beacon.  Beacon is a type of early warning software to address academic integration (a risk specific to GSW based on data from the College Persistence Questionnaire, administered in 2013). This ties into Strategy 4.4 (establish criteria for identifying students who may need special interventions in the semester [e.g.: lack of attendance, poor performance on early assignments]) and into Strategy 4.5 (ensure that students who meet off-track criteria receive timely and targeted advising intervention).  We are also employing Strategy 4.3 (use Degree Works to track student progress).

Administration of the Student Success Inventory to first year students –The SSI measures student responses on several non-cognitive factors and has allowed us to identify several areas of attrition risk specific to GSW, including academic engagement, social integration, and institutional commitment. The results of this survey showed that although GSW’s students have a high degree of commitment toward possessing a college degree, their commitment to GSW is low, they have poor social integration, and they have poor academic integration.  These are all factors that increase risk of attrition. GSW is in the process of implementing strategies specifically designed to address these issues