A Q&A with Ian Slater (via The Sojourn)

By: Brittany Ross | Feb 24 2017

Ian Slater, associate dean of Student Engagement, is in charge of sending out the Mapworks survey emails at IWU. Slater’s job encompasses advocating for student success for the undergraduate students of IWU. Since 2011, students at Indiana Wesleyan University have been participating in the Mapworks surveys.

“I partner closely with faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to make this a better place for student learning, growth, and success,” Slater said.

The Sojourn talked with Slater to find out more about Mapworks.

Question: How does Mapworks benefit IWU?

Slater: Mapworks is more than just the surveys that students receive – it’s a complex student success system designed to help all undergraduates at IWU to thrive in their college experience. Through Mapworks, faculty and staff can help students be more engaged, connected, supported and successful.

Q: How does Mapworks benefit the students?

Slater: Mapworks relies heavily on various kinds of information about the student experience, including students’ responses in the surveys. As a result, this information can benefit students in three ways. First, students who take the surveys receive a simple success report that includes a few strength areas and a few areas of potential concern, along with a list of resources or allies who might be helpful to their journey.  Second, Mapworks helps us know how to encourage and support our students in really intentional and meaningful ways. For example, I can privately reach out to students who have expressed in a survey high interest in getting involved in clubs or organizations and help connect them to some opportunities.   Third, Mapworks helps me to “tell the story” to faculty, staff, and administrators of what students see, value, and need.

Q: What percentage of students typically respond to Mapworks?

Slater: Well, surveys are specific to students of different class levels, and are slightly different each time we sent them out, so it’s tricky to give a hard-and-fast number. … The Q&A continues at The Sojourn! Click through to keep reading.