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Profiles
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All the research shows that
the sooner in the semester
colleges can connect with
their students, retention
goes up. These three tools
help us do that.
Lois Alves
Vice President of Enrollment
Services, Research & Planning
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lways focused on helping
students succeed, Middlesex
recently unveiled three new
online tools Academic Alerts,
DegreeWorks and a new student e-mail
system designed to encourage
persistence, promote retention and
improve communication.
"All the research shows that the sooner
in the semester colleges can connect
with their students, retention goes up,"
said Lois Alves, Vice President of
Enrollment Services, Research &
Planning. "These three tools help us do
that."
Alves calls the three new programs a
"suite" because they work so well
together. Academic Alerts enable faculty
to send e-mail to students who may be
struggling in their classes, she explained.
Copies of all alerts automatically go to
the Academic Advising Center, where
advisors follow up with phone calls to
these students.
"With Academic Alerts, faculty can
much more easily connect with their
students, starting with the first day of
class," said Alves.
The idea is to reach out to students right
away and get them the on-campus help
they need to be successful, she said. This
assistance can come in many forms,
Alves explained, from something as
simple as a bit of extra help from a
professor, to regular sessions with a
tutor, or even a referral to a personal
counselor.
"One faculty member, who teaches
online courses, told us that in past
semesters she typically would see two
students per class drop out because they
would have trouble getting started,"
Alves said. If students get off to a slow
start for whatever reason they can
fall behind quickly, then just drop the
class, she said.
"With all five sections she was teaching,
the professor was losing a total 10
students per semester," said Alves. "This
year, she lost only two students from all
five classes, thanks to Academic Alerts."
DegreeWorks, a degree-audit system,
also helps students succeed, by helping
them plan their course of study, select
courses, and monitor their progress,
Alves explained.
"You can plan all your future semesters
at Middlesex with DegreeWorks, and see
how long it will take you to reach your
ultimate goal," she said. "There is also a
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NEW
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