• Critical Insights That Help Drive Student Success

  • Critical Insights That Help Drive Student Success

  • Critical Insights That Help Drive Student Success

  • Critical Insights That Help Drive Student Success

  • A proven, research-based student retention and success system.

    Now your institution can reap the benefits of a customized, predictive, and affordable student success software solution – and immediately use the information to focus attention on students who need it most.

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  • Easy to administer assessments that support the accreditation process.

    Academic program assessments are aligned with the indirect measures requirements of accrediting organizations for Nursing, Teaching, Business, and Engineering education programs.  Program assessment suites include exit, alumni, and employer surveys.

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  • Quickly identify key areas for Student Affairs program improvements.

    Professionally-developed student affairs assessments make it easy to launch program assessment initiatives.  Use powerful on-screen dashboards for peer benchmarking. Quickly identify key issues that need to be addressed first.

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The Catalyst for Continuous Improvement

  • Easy to Learn and Use

    Skyfactor student success, retention, and assessment products are designed to make it easy for you to get started, to quickly gain insights from the data, and to follow-up with interventions and improvements that are expected to yield the greatest results.

  • Research-Based & Rigorously Tested

    Our Analytics and Research team is continually evolving and testing the accuracy of Mapworks algorithms, and ensuring that Benchworks program assessment products are in alignment with accreditation standards.

  • Impeccable Client Support & Services

    We forge true partnerships with our clients -- understanding the institution's culture, and providing training and implementation plans that revolve around the needs of each institution.

  • Results that Speak for Themselves

    Skyfactor clients report improvements in student success and retention, increased participation in student services, and an easier path to accreditation-focused reporting.

Our Complimentary Webinar Series

  • The Mapworks Overview

    With flexible dates and times all year long, it's easier than ever to register for a Mapworks Overview in 2016.

    Every student has the potential to be successful, but not every student has the tools. The Mapworks student success program integrates data from every point in a new college student’s career, giving you the ability to pinpoint and resolve a roadblock on the path to graduation before it becomes a problem. Our intuitive platform was created with ease of use in mind, drawing on 20+ years of industry research to eliminate the guesswork from your student success and retention initiatives. From enrollment to post-graduation achievement, and all the stops in between, Mapworks has a plan. Register today.

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  • Multiple Angles, One Story: The Importance of Data Triangulation

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

    A Food for Thought webinar
    One challenge of any higher education professional using and analyzing data is validating findings. But, are the data results reflective of reality? One method of increasing use is data triangulation, or using multiple methods, theories, or sources to validate findings. This session will describe strategies typically used to triangulate and valid results. We will also include examples from multiple departments and functional areas to show the applicability of data triangulation to any campus audience.

    Hosted by: Dr. Sherry Woosley, Director of Analytics and Research

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  • The Benchworks Overview

    Register now, join us later. Benchworks Overviews are offered every month in 2016.

    Join Glenn Skaggs, Senior Assessment Specialist, as he highlights the unique benefits of our student affairs and academic program assessments. Available individually or as a packaged suite, Benchworks solutions are engineered to be easy to use while harnessing 20+ years of research and data so you know you’re getting the most targeted analysis possible. Learn more about how the insights that come from Benchworks assessments can make it easy for your institution to identify issues and make the most informed decisions. Register today.

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News & Articles

  • Thinking Ahead (via the Talking Stick)

    By: Dr. Sherry Woosley & Matthew Venaas | Jul 07 2016

    Most assessment looks at cases of cause and effect. Utilizing mental models, though, asks you to predict expectations, decisions, and behaviors. Learn how you can use this approach and potentially head off issues before they even occur.

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  • Student success predictor gives university leaders actionable information

    By: UB Custom Publishing Group | May 09 2016

    A siloed approach rarely works for any effort on higher ed campuses, much less student success and retention. Yet five years ago at Manhattan College, located in the Bronx in New York City, academic assistance was handled individually by each of the institution’s five schools. Then something changed. Manhattan’s assistant provost recommended Mapworks by Skyfactor, software he had used at a previous institution with excellent results. After researching Mapworks and similar programs, the Center for Academic Success knew the recommendation was the right one.

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  • Four Critical Components of an Effective Student Success or Retention Plan

    By: UB Custom Publishing Group | Dec 09 2015

    Student success and improving retention rates have become high priorities in higher education. Given significant breadth in definitions, context, programming, funding, and other key factors, what is most important to consider when it comes to student success and retention efforts? In this web seminar, presenters discussed the four key components that should be present in any effective student success or retention plan, how these components can help to develop a new plan or improve an existing plan, and how the leadership of Northern Illinois University incorporated these components into their highly effective retention and student success initiative.

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  • At our institution, Mapworks is used heavily to help retain students. We are finding more ways to utilize the data stored to better forecast student issues and develop programs to aid future students’ success. I am most impressed with the willingness of the staff to help me as I continue to learn the software as well as the constant updates that are made based off of client input. Matthew Hicks, Coordinator of Retention & Undeclared Students, Murray State
  • Piedmont College is in its second year since implementation of Skyfactor Mapworks. The software in combination with other retention efforts helped us achieve an 8% increase in one-year freshman retention over the previous year. Anthony Cox, Registrar, Piedmont College
  • The ability to work with support staff with a background and perspective based in higher education creates a unique partnership that is not always available with a third-party vendor. Thomas Bruick, Assistant Director for Retention Initiatives, University of Central Arkansas
  • Mapworks makes a difference for our students. It helped identify ways to improve all students' experiences while also building small support teams for students-in-need. From the individual reports to the aggregate data, we've been able to address campus interventions in practical, meaningful ways that also improved retention. Amy McGovern, Assistant Director, University Housing & Mapworks Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • We are in our third year of using Mapworks at a relatively small private liberal arts university. The processing through Mapworks of student profile data, survey data, and academic performance data has enhanced our understanding of our students and the various demographics that indicate their level of risk. This information has in turn enabled us to deploy our intervention resources with more confidence. Tom Fish, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Retention, and Assessment, University of the Cumberlands
  • Mapworks allows the institution to tear down silos and develop integrated support and follow-up plans for individual students and groups of students who are struggling or at risk for failing/leaving the institution. It connects all individuals who are actively supporting the student so we can coordinate interventions based on the needs of the student. Mike Costello, Associate Director of Systems Technology, Student Affairs and Enrollment, Ball State
  • Mapworks is an amazing tool for influencing and enhancing the student learning experience by guiding every individual who interacts with a student in their student lifecycle. Gaurav Srivastava, Data Systems Analyst, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Mapworks has given Queens the ability to predict which students are most at-risk for poor academic performance and/or attrition, and provided us with the ability to intervene early in the semester. Shariva White, Central Coordinator, Queens University of Charlotte
  • This year we’ve included Student Financial Services, Athletics, and our Resident Assistants into Mapworks and are using the tool during our Student Support Team meetings. Our deans and department chairs are loving the data analytics reports about students in their colleges and schools. Beth Stuart, Associate Dean, Center for Student Success, Queens University of Charlotte
  • The most beneficial thing about using Benchworks for us is the ability to find out how students perceive our efforts and to analyze the data provided – make changes and then assess those changes. To have a comprehensive way to look at that is critical for us. Lin Crowson, Assistant Director for Learning and Assessment & 7-Year Benchworks User, University of Houston