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K-State Today

November 9, 2016



Student Success Collaborative Connected summit offers research findings

By Steven Dandaneau

Steve Dandaneau, vice provost for undergraduate studies, and Loren Wilson, director of the information systems office, were among roughly 300 university officials representing half as many Student Success Collaborative, or SSC, member institutions at EAB's annual Connected summit, Nov. 1-2, in Washington, D.C.

Most large universities in the U.S. are invested in using advanced technology — Student Success Collaborative and/or other platforms — to facilitate achievement of typically ambitious student success goals. Participation in the Connected summit helps K-State stay abreast of both technological developments in Student Success Collaborative itself and innovative uses of the platform and related proven programming at member institutions.

Examples of the former include direct integration with learning management systems — such as K-State Online — which will speed and hardwire "early alerts," and something as straightforward as composing emails to students in ways validated by research to maximize effective communication. Examples of the latter include targeted micro-scholarships of less than $1,000 to facilitate retention and graduation; integrating pre-enrollment data to produce initial risk indications for new first-time, full-time and transfer students; and various policies, programs and strategies to improve student time to degree.

Dandaneau and Wilson have already begun sharing information with colleagues and look forward to participating in further K-State-specific research and discussion. If, for example, the pair could help pioneer a superior early alert system and/or greatly enhance time to degree, they could bolster learning and provide economies for both student and institution. That's what our peers are trying to do, and it's what K-State's strategic plan calls for as well.

Learn more about K-State's Student Success Collaborative online.

Contact Dandaneau at dandaneau@k-state.edu or Wilson at lorenw@k-state.edu with any questions.

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