An online program that helps freshmen and transfer students keep on track academically and socially is being implemented at Appalachian State University.
The survey-based program is called MAP-Works, which stands for Making Achievement Possible. It helps students track their academic and personal growth at the university. The online resource is also designed to aid with student retention.
The program is administered collaboratively through Appalachian’s Academic Affairs and Student Development areas and is also being implemented at UNC Asheville among other nationally recognized institutions.
“MAP-Works gives students the opportunity to self-assess the level of skill and commitment they bring to their studies at Appalachian,” said Belinda Ballew, campus coordinator for the program.
“The survey asks about the study efforts of the student and also lifestyle questions,” said Phil Lewis, who coordinates a transition program at Appalachian for transfer students from three area community colleges. “The survey brings all that information together into a comprehensive report that shows where a student stands in their academic pursuit, where they want to be, and what will help them achieve their goals. It basically supports the student along in the right direction as a mentor would.” ...
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