New Advising Software Introduced to Campus

A new partnership with the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative was introduced Dec. 4 as Carol Barr, vice provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education, hosted a full day of meetings and demonstrations for the campus community.

The Education Advisory Board is a best-practices research and consulting firm that has developed the Student Success Collaborative as a means of contributing to the improvement of institutional understanding and practices regarding student success. Several Student Success Collaborative staff members were on hand throughout the day to demonstrate and discuss their web-based advising platform, which is in the process of being customized for UMass Amherst.

The Student Success Collaborative advising platform represents a major new campus investment in a tool that is intended to enhance the ability of campus advisors to understand and improve student advising, retention and degree completion. Implementation will begin in early spring semester with pilot programs in the College of Engineering, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the department of biology and the department of environmental conservation. The units will provide feedback and expertise as the Student Success Collaborative advising platform becomes available for all advisors on campus early next fall.

Other campuses adopting the Student Success Collaborative advising platform include UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth, Northeastern, Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Kansas, and Washington State University.

For more information, visit www.eab.com. Anyone with a UMass Amherst login may access the information at this site as a benefit of the partnership.