MAP-Works introductory sessions offered

April 5, 2010 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a MAP-Works introductory session designed for academic advisers, Residence Life staff, Beginning the Academic Journey instructors, and anyone who wants to learn how MAP-Works data can help connect with first-year students.

MAP-Works is an innovative approach to improving students’ transitions to the college environment. This personalized survey is given to all incoming freshmen students during fall semester.

“MAP-Works can positively affect the lives of students by directly connecting with them when they need it most. This tool allows us to see how our first-year students are thriving in the first three weeks of the semester and then, if necessary, we can positively intervene, serve their needs, and head them in the right direction,” said Jennifer Rockwood, director of the First-Year Experience Office. “MAP-Works can not only identify problems for our freshman students, it is designed to manage the solutions.”

Session participants will learn strategies to utilize MAP-Works information for creating connections with new students. These interactive sessions will offer strategies and discussion about promising practices from colleagues.

Participants will leave the MAP-Works introductory session and know how to utilize MAP-Works reports; log and share information with colleagues; create lists; interact with students online; and generate information for outreach and programming.

MAP-Works introductory sessions will be offered in Rocket Hall Room 1530 on:

• Tuesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to noon;

• Wednesday, April 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.;

• Thursday, April 8, from 1 to 2 p.m.; and

• Friday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to noon.

RSVPs are requested; however, walk-ins are welcome. Call 419.530.8549 or e-mail

During fall semester 2009, 70 percent of first-time students completed the MAP-Works survey. More than 130 UT faculty and staff worked with students to provide individual support as a result of the surveys.

“Working together, faculty and staff all across campus can see concrete evidence of their efforts in collected MAP-Works data,” Rockwood said. “MAP-Works has enabled UT professionals to reinforce the high priority we place on first-year students and our institutional mission.”

Students also received Web-based customized reports that identified discrepancies between their expectations and the academic and social behaviors necessary to succeed. These reports helped students to understand their strengths and weaknesses, Rockwood explained. The interactive report aligns behaviors with outcomes, enhances self-awareness, and connects students with campus resources.

The First-Year Experience Office implements a number of initiatives to bolster the success of UT’s beginning students. The office is a member of the UT Learning Collaborative that works to support and enhance a student’s academic journey.

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