Guttman Community College has recently been awarded a $214,172 EDUCAUSE iPASS (Integrated Planning & Advising for Student Success) grant in higher education. A total of 24 institutions from across the country were awarded grants. Created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the initiative will help two-and four-year higher education institutions launch comprehensive iPASS technologies by 2018. Achieving the Dream (ATD), one of the technical assistance organizations for the iPASS initiative, will be working with the College over the next three years to support efforts in leveraging technology to implement transformative advising reform.
Guttman’s Advising and Planning Project (GAPP), under the guidance of Executive Sponsor and Provost, Joan M Lucariello, PI Laura M Gambino and co-Project Manager Danielle Insalaco-Egan will bring together the offices of Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, Information Technology and the Center for College Effectiveness for a three-year collaboration to integrate and improve two systems within Guttman’s technology infrastructure: Starfish Retention Solutions, a student success enterprise platform, and Digication, an ePortfolio platform. By recently deploying the Starfish Early Alert to systematize feedback to students and help them refine educational plans, the College will build on this feedback, using analytics for more effective academic coaching and counseling and risk targeting and intervention. Through GAPP the College will increase its capacity to provide student support, develop proactive strategies, and systematize effective advising, coaching, and support practices. Provost Lucariello is “excited by this unique opportunity to bring together advising, academic support, technology, and institutional research. Project GAPP will help us learn how to more effectively help our students succeed as our college continues to grow.”
This new integrative approach to student success promotes shared ownership for educational progress among students, faculty, and staff, encompassing services that help students formulate and advance toward educational goals. iPASS includes tech-enabled advising, counseling, progress tracking, and academic early alerts. GAPP will increase the capacity of Guttman faculty and staff to provide student academic coaching, engage students in an educational planning process, and develop proactive risk targeting and intervention strategies. Moreover, the College will be able to integrate and systematize effective planning and advising practices as the College grows to scale. The goal is to improve persistence rates by 10% over the next three years so students can complete their degrees and transfer to senior colleges or embark on successful careers.
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