VSU uses software and technology to aid in the retention rate of its students by ensuring at-risk students receive the assistance they need to succeed.
Valdosta State’s preemptive action in recognizing the needs of its students was commended in Campus Technology magazine on March 13, 2014. On page 17 of the article, “Know – and Retain – Your Student,” VSU’s effective use of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Endeca in identifying at-risk students and potential issues early on are briefly described.
VSU’s interim CIO, Brian Haugabrook, connected the various systems in order to make the data user friendly and accessible. The use of informative data have already begun showing signs of early intervention success. When it comes to students receiving assistance, Haugabrook notes that, “We’re seeing a spike at the tutoring center starting in the second week of class rather than after the second month.”
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