Making Achievement Possible (MAP-Works)
MAP-Works is an assessment system that enhances a student’s ability to make a successful transition to college. MAP-Works enables student success by providing customized, relevant information to students and by alerting faculty/staff so that they can initiate proactive intervention to reduce a student’s risk of failure and to help students get the most out of their college experience. Begun at Ball State University more than 20 years ago, MAP-Works provides a proactive approach to help students better transition to college life and meet both their academic and personal goals. In 2007, Ball State partnered with Educational Benchmarking to pilot a fully integrated online version, taking advantage of technology to provide immediate feedback, both to the students themselves, as well as to professional support staff who could initiate early proactive efforts. Fall 2008 debuted Map-Works as a nationally available tool and benchmarking instrument to help colleges work with at-risk students early in their first semester and address their college transition issues.
- Academic Success: Improve students' ability to succeed academically by realigning behavior with grade expectations and focusing on elements of academic success.
- Retention: Minimize percentage of capable students who drop out due to issues that could have been addressed by self-awareness or timely intervention by professional staff.
- Student Development: Facilitate the establishment of relationships, address homesickness, and identify residence hall living issues.
- Student Involvement: Connect students with campus resources to facilitate involvement with students organizations and campus programming.
Western's History with MAP-Works
Through the leadership of University Housing and Dining Services, Western Illinois University was an inaugural 2007 MAP-Works pilot group participant. All new freshmen were invited to participate in MAP-Works. The survey collected student input on their transition to college and helped identify students who were at risk for not completing their academic and personal goals. The survey also provided students with information about support resources available to them, and professional staff were able to meet with students to help ensure they received the personal and academic support they need to excel at Western.
In Fall 2008, Western Illinois University committed to annual participation with MAP-Works to identify at-risk students with an expanded, all-freshman approach. In addition, wider university resources were committed to help provide at risk-students with greater support in achieving their academic and personal goals