Introduction to Compass

Compass is a student success platform that includes a wide range of functionality to help academic leaders, faculty and professional advisors, and student support offices more easily identify students who might benefit from additional academic support. The system includes a wide range of functionality to aid advisors during one-on-one work with advisees and assist the university in identifying students who may be at risk.  The platform is part of the Student Success Collaborative (SSC), a subscription membership level within EAB, an educational research and consulting company. The SSC membership includes research, process improvement, and predictive analytics along with the Compass platform. See the SSC website for additional information.

How can Compass help Academic Advisors?

The Compass platform is designed to collect information vital for a student’s success within easy reach of that student’s support network.

Compass features include:

  • An easy to navigate home screen for each student, the provides a 30-second check of significant information including GPA trends, course completion trends, and an overview of D/F/W and repeated courses.
  • Advance searching capability to fine-tune a list of students by a variety of filters (e.g., students within a particular GPA range, students enrolled in a particular course, or those who have completed a particular number of credits).  This allows advisors to quickly identify which of their advisees might need specific information or support, such as a reminder to enroll in a foundational course for the major, or referral for academic coaching or tutoring.
  • Electronic record-keeping, including advising reports that can transfer along with that student to a new advisor and/or be shared with other members of the student's support network..
  • Enhanced communication capabilities to aid in advisement appointment scheduling and follow-up.

Who will use Compass?

The features of Compass will be rolled out to the entire university community in phases beginning in Fall 2017, when a pilot group of academic advisors will use the Compass platform to communicate with their advisees and track their progress.  In addition, the Academic Intervention Team will use the platform to help design and carry out at least six proactive campaigns for targeted student populations.  The goal is to use the information provided by Compass to more accurately assess student risk and deliver differentiated care to effectively  reach more students.
In addition, academic department chairs will be reviewing institutional reports within the platform to develop success markers and other predictive analytics to help identify academic risks earlier. For further details, please review the timeline below:


How can I get involved?

For more information about Compass, or to volunteer for the pilot phase of the project, please contact Karen McLeer, Director of Retention and Academic Support ( or 342-1081)

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