• 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.

  • Student Success as Seen through Four Leadership Frames

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

    A Food for Thought webinar
    Improving the retention and success of college students has become a primary focus of higher education. Effectively implementing and growing these programs on campus requires resources, strategy, and strong leadership. Lee Bolman and Terrance Deal’s classic work discusses four leadership frames (structural, human resource, political, and symbolic) that can be used to improve organizational functioning, cohesion, and culture. This webinar will explore how these four frames can be used by any campus to improve and maximize the impact of student success initiatives.

  • 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.


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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  • 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
  • The most beneficial thing about using Benchworks for us is the ability to find out how students perceive our efforts and the ability 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
  • 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 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