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Innovative Projects - Student Success Tools

  • We are developing intelligent and innovative technology tools for higher education that can have an impact on the success of millions of students using a student-centric approach to systems development.  We hire students every year on our Student Design Team and they are fully involved in the analysis, design, usability testing and roll-out of our systems.
  • The Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456) mandates the use of electronic academic plans in California community colleges.  The systems created at SOCCCD are uniquely positioned to meet the unprecedented demand that is emerging in California.
  • SOCCCD is seen as a leader in the use of educational technology throughout California and the nation and their work has been recognized by multiple state and national awards for innovation.
  • Development team leaders have presented at USC, UCLA and Stanford as well as Educause, AASCU, MDRC, West-Ed and other conferences. Our work has been featured in USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, Orange County Register, Campus Technology, e-Campus News and other publications.
  • Our goal is to share these tools with all community colleges in California which serve approximately 2.4 million students in the largest system of higher education in the nation. California community colleges comprise about 25% of all community college students and 12% of all undergraduates nationwide.  These tools could also be scaled to a national level.
Click to learn more! MAP (My Academic Plan) Click to learn more! Sherpa
  • Provides ability to create and track academic plans.
  • Over 174,000 plans created since April 2007.
  • The only planning tool fully integrated with Project ASSIST (an inter-segmental database shared with the UC and CSU systems).
  • Designed by counselors and students for use by counselors and students.
  • Winner of a 2007 statewide technology award.
  • A unique and innovative recommendation engine designed specifically to increase student success.
  • Ability to create targeted profiles of students for “nudge” interventions or positive reinforcement.
  • Ability to send nudges via email, SMS, text-to-speech, to-do list tasks, news feed, portal alerts and course/section recommendations.
  • Winner of 2012 Blackboard Catalyst and 2010 Campus Technology Innovators awards.
Click to learn more! Predictive Analytics Click to learn more! Student Success Dashboard
  • Designed to predict each individual student’s probability of success or failure in every course offered by the institution.
  • Predictive model created by a bi-coastal team of national leaders in academia and private industry.
  • Beginning the “Productization” Phase with a beta to take place in spring 2014.
  • Provides individual student access to personalized news feeds, calendars and To-Do lists.
  • Calendar is pre-populated with each student’s class schedule, registration appointments and important dates.
  • Sherpa can push items into students’ To-Do lists with detailed instructions, deadlines and links to online services.
  • Phase II will commence in spring 2014 with modules that present key success metrics in an intuitive graphical form.