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Monday, August 13, 2012 BGSU
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Gathering students in successNET

BGSU has a new online tool that will help faculty and advisers improve communication with students and help undergraduates stay on track academically. A significant enhancement of the previous Progress Reporting system that included Early Alert, the new system is called successNET.

SuccessNET enables immediate communication to students and gives faculty, academic support staff and other advisers an all-around view of students' performance and progress in their courses. It is designed to be faculty-friendly and student-centric, and aims to identify at-risk students as early as possible so they may quickly be connected to the appropriate support services.

Accessed through MyBGSU, successNET can be used to by faculty members to raise flags at any point during the semester when a student's class performance, attendance or participation causes concern, or to send messages of encouragement and positive comments.

Faculty and advisers can provide referrals to students for tutoring and other support services through the system, which is powered by Starfish Retention Solutions and is a service of the Office of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs through its Retention Services area. The system was chosen with much input from faculty, staff and students.

When a flag is raised, the student immediately receives an email message, which is also posted on his or her successNET dashboard in MyBGSU. Flags are also available to advisers and other campus support staff to track the progress of the student's response and plan outreach and support as necessary. In the successNET "close the loop" feature, faculty will receive notification of the student's action and follow-up related to the flag.

In addition to the flagging capabilities available on demand, three academic progress surveys will be conducted each semester. The first, from Aug. 20-24, will focus on first-week attendance; the next two, Sept. 3-17 and Nov. 5-19, are for general progress and performance reporting. Faculty will receive an email from reminding them to complete the surveys by the deadline and with instructions.

Other successNET features are to be added as the fall semester progresses. For example, in late fall or early next semester, the Outlook calendar will be integrated, allowing students to set appointments with faculty and support staff.

"Timely feedback and formative assessment of students' performance in the classroom is an important contributor to student success and retention," said Andy Alt, director of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs.

System demonstrations and training sessions for faculty members using successNET have begun. The next sessions will be held from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 15) and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 16), both in 107 Hayes Hall. Reservations are not necessary.

More information on successNET can be found online. To set up a training and demonstration session, call Cyndie Roberts, assistant director for retention services, at 2-0353.


in the news

Butterworth comments on the Olympics

Miller on education funding and the Presidential election
- FOX News

BGSU offers new master's degree in gerontology
- Sentinel-Tribune

Stinson on police crime
- Philadelphia Daily News


Graduate student trustee appointed

Governor John Kasich has appointed Vivienne Felix of Bowling Green as the graduate student member of the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees. Her appointment is for two years, ending in May 2014.

Felix is a second-year doctoral student in the BGSU higher education administration program; her area of emphasis is comparative and international education. She received her B.A. from Lafayette College in international affairs, with a minor in Spanish. Since graduating from college, she has earned a Master of Science degree in organizational development from Friends University, and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

She has volunteered extensively in the areas of service learning and college readiness. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D. studies, Felix worked in residence life and, most recently, as a development officer. At BGSU, she is a graduate assistant in assessment for the Division of Student Affairs, and serves as the house director for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This summer, she worked as an Orientation Services intern for the University of Auckland in New Zealand.


Movies, choral singing In Brief

Turner Classic Movies will feature two actresses with BGSU connections this week, and the University Choral Society invites singers to audition. Get the details In Brief.

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August 13, 2012