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    For almost two decades, in effort to evaluate (and therefore strengthen programming) as well as support accreditation, Skyfactor Benchworks in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) created assessments to measure the effectiveness of certain program elements from the [...]

    Macmillan Learning remains committed to helping all users enjoy equal access to our digital learning solutions. We put accessibility, information security and user privacy at the forefront of our product development and marketing practices. Check out our VP of Information Security & Privacy, Ste [...]

    Owing to the immense responsibilities entrusted to teachers, teacher education programs are tasked with setting a curriculum that prepares students for the challenges and rigors of professional teaching. Administrators must identify which components of the program are most effective, which are not a [...]

    In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of building student communities to student success. Long story short, valuable connections are happening across campuses each and every day. And, we need valid data points to pair with the powerful stories we have on the prevalence and impact of [...]

    Last week, our Learning Science and Insights team released a whitepaper, "Beyond the Hype of Big Data in Education". In it, our team of learning designer researchers and data scientists outline how data can be used responsibly to more effectively impact big data. The data mining and learni [...]

    Have you ever felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day? With the start of the fall term upon us, it’s very likely you may be feeling that way now! For faculty, administrators, and students alike, the beginning of the school year marks a time of renewal, filled with emotions ranging from excit [...]

    Nearly 1/3 of all undergraduate students leave college after their first year. From the cost of education to personal constraints at home, students face additional pressures that weigh on their ability to complete college. The most surprising factor that leads to a student leaving college before gra [...]

    It’s in the data: How to pinpoint attrition risk factors Only 59% of students who begin a college career as an undergraduate earn their bachelor’s degree within six years from the same institution where they start their study, according to a recent survey. That means 41% of the students in this pool [...]

    Collaboration will yield deeper insight into student behaviors and enable actions designed to lift retention and success rates April 9th, 2018, New York, NY – Macmillan Learning, a premier learning solutions company, today announced a strategic partnership between Skyfactor (formerly EBI MAP-Works) [...]

    FEBRUARY 28 | 2:00 PM ET Accreditation organizations seek validation that the institutions under their purview design and deliver programs that align with the accrediting body's mission, goals and desired outcomes. Program coordinators and administrators must be able to efficiently communicate [...]

    MARCH 29 | 2:00 PM ET University 101, the University of South Carolina’s first-year seminar, is grounded in ongoing and action-oriented assessment. While it is important to know a first-year seminar works (e.g., it positively impacts student learning, success and retention), it is also important to [...]

    JANUARY 29 | 2:00 PM ETWith the recent publicity and focus on campus climate assessments, many institutions may wonder if conducting a campus climate assessment is right for them. Campus climate studies are often a challenge, so understanding the process and potential challenges prior to starting on [...]

    APRIL 2 | 2:00 PM ET Even programs who have been conducting program assessments for years often struggle with achieving their desired n-counts for their assessments. In this webinar co-facilitated by Libba McMillan of Auburn University and Donna Neblett from University of Tennessee - Martin, attende [...]

    MARCH 27 | 2:00 PM ET Obtaining actionable insights and then making sense of the assessment data are two of the biggest hurdles in program assessment. Have we set ourselves up for success with the assessment and administration of the surveys? How do we know when results are outstanding or concerning [...]

    APRIL 16 | 2:00 PM ET Despite a plethora of materials and a rapid increase in the importance of the work, many full-time professionals in higher education still struggle to find quick, effective ways to build assessment knowledge and enthusiasm in themselves and their colleagues. Join us as we take [...]

    FEBRUARY 26 | 2:00 PM ET Student affairs careers often began with involvement in activities and leadership opportunities outside the classroom. We often don’t question that various types of involvement—including student organization leaders, residence hall student staff, and even general involvement [...]

    December 4th @ 2:00 PM ETIntuitively, we know a lot has changed in higher education over the past ten years, both with our students and our practices, in particular with campus housing. And, we can think of many stories that reflect these changes. But, which of these stories show up in our data, and [...]

    November 28th @ 2:00 PM ETOne of the biggest challenges with assessment data is making sense of it and acting on it. How do we know when results are outstanding or concerning? What if the results are below average? What should our target performance be? Benchmarking can help provide answers to these [...]

    September 25th @ 2:00 PM ETData from benchmarking assessments has the potential provide valuable insights into the college student experience, put results into context, and motivate staff to drive program improvements. However, applying benchmarking data in practice to things like strategic planning [...]

    Whether inside the classroom, in residence halls, or in student activities, opportunities for students to make meaningful connections are plentiful. These connections lead to a sense of community and belonging, which in turn support student success. Data from a variety of Skyfactor assessments demon [...]

    Benchmarking is one of many powerful tools that can be used by higher education professionals to make sense of survey results. Benchmarking is the practice of making comparisons in order to drive continuous improvement. To some, using a benchmarking survey is a challenging and complicated endeavor. [...]

    The positive impacts of student employees to our campus offices and departments are clear. They perform essential duties that allow the institution to function on a day-to-day basis. But, these employment opportunities also help our students to build valuable professional skills to support their pos [...]

    Student staff members—commonly known as resident assistants or community assistants—support primary functions in our residence halls, facilitate community development, and provide learning opportunities to residents. For a position so critical to residence life, in particular one that continues to e [...]

    Student staff members—commonly known as resident assistants or community assistants—support key operations in our residence halls, facilitate community development, and provide learning opportunities to residents. For a position so critical to residence life, in particular one that continues to evol [...]