First MAP-Works survey available Sept. 14

Student participants to receive support, incentives

MAP-Works: Making Achievement PossibleAre you getting involved on campus? Are you attending class regularly? Are you enjoying your NIU experience?

The answers to these and other questions can be found through MAP-Works.

All new freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to participate in the first MAP-Works survey of the 2013-2014 academic year. Students participating in MAP-Works complete a series of three surveys, two in the fall and one in the spring. The Fall Transition survey will be available from Saturday, Sept. 14 through Monday, Oct. 7.

MAP-Works is accessible through students’ NIU email accounts or by visiting the website of the Office of Student Academic Success.

Each question is designed to provide students, as well as NIU faculty and staff, feedback on students’ learning and social skills, healthy decision-making and self-knowledge. The information is then summarized in an individualized report that details strengths and possible challenges, as well as related NIU campus resources ready to help.

MAP-Works also gives students an opportunity to provide important and timely feedback on their NIU experience. Faculty and staff regularly use the information to better design programs and services to fit the needs of students.

NIU is beginning its fifth year using MAP-Work, and joins nearly 200 other colleges and universities across the country in participating in the program. More than 300 faculty and staff across campus participate in MAP-Works, providing a strong network designed to support student success.

On average, students who participate in MAP-Works earn higher GPAs, successfully complete more credit hours per semester and are less likely to be placed on academic warning or probation than those who do not participate in the survey. Last year, more than 60 percent of new freshmen and transfer students took at least one of the three MAP-Works surveys.

There are several incentives available for students. All students who take the survey will receive a free NIU window cling. Also, the first five residence hall floors and first five UNIV 101/201 sections which have a 100 percent completion rate for the survey will win a free pizza party.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Academic Success at (815) 753-5721 or mapworks@niu.edu.

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