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First-in-the-World Project: Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Student Success (MAAPS)

UCR is one of 11 cooperating institutions that have been funded by the Department of Education’s “First-in-the-World” fund to engage in innovative projects related to student success.

The project is entitled “Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Student Success” (MAAPS). The project focuses on intensive advising and is designed as a random control experiment. Two new advisors will be hired to work with first-generation and Pell eligible students, groups who are generally found to be at-risk for non-completion at the university. Students will be randomly assigned by an external evaluator to the control and treatment groups. Students in the control group will receive standard advising services. Students in the treatment group will be monitored on a weekly basis and will have regular interactions with their advisors. Some information will be recorded in major maps for all students each term to track progress toward their degree. The goal of the project is to determine whether and how much difference intensive advising interventions can make in the success of at-risk students on college campuses. Student success is defined by retention, progress toward degree, and grades relative to students in the control group. The project will run over a three year period and will involve the fall 2016 freshmen cohort.

The cooperation of 11 universities pursuing the same project simultaneously using the same design and data definitions is a unique aspect of the MAAPS project. The cooperating institutions are all members of University Innovation Alliance and include: Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Iowa State University, Kansas University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, University of Central Florida, and the University of Texas-Austin in addition to UCR.

Timothy Renick of Georgia State University is the MAAPS project lead. At UCR Cynthia K. Larive, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, is the Principal Investigator on the UCR campus and Project Lead for UCR campus. Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Sociology, is the Co-Investigator on the UCR campus. Allison M. Cantwell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research, is the Data Lead, and Barbra Wallace, the Director of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advising Center, is the Advising Lead.

Timothy Renick

Timothy Renick
Georgia State University
MAAPS Project Lead

Cindy Larive

Cindy Larive
Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Principal Investigator on the UCR campus

Steve Brint

Steve Brint
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Sociology
Co-Investigator

Allison Cantwill

Allison Cantwell
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research
Data Lead

Barbra Wallace

Barbra Wallace
Director of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Advising Lead

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