Year’s final MAP-Works survey open to students

MAP-Works: Making Achievement PossibleEvery freshman and new transfer student is encouraged to participate in the final MAP-Works survey for the 2011-2012 academic year.

According to the MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey, 81.9 percent of students predicted getting a fall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Only 44 percent of those students reached or surpassed that goal.

For students looking to maintain or improve their first semester grades, MAP-Works is available to help get them back on track.

Data indicates that students who participate in MAP-Works have performed better than students not enrolled. At the close of the fall semester, freshmen participants were 11 percent more likely to be in good academic standing and earned a GPA nearly 0.5 percent higher on average.

Likewise, transfer students who participated were 5.5 percent more likely to be in good academic standing and earned a GPA of 0.3 higher on average than their non-participating peers.

MAP-Works students complete a series of personal surveys that are designed to provide students, as well as faculty and staff, feedback on the student’s transition — both academically and socially — to the university.

The information is then given to students in reports that highlight their strengths, possible challenges and campus resources that can assist them. Dedicated faculty and staff are given the information to provide the appropriate support for each student.

More than 60 percent of new freshmen and 40 percent of new transfer students already have participated in at least one MAP-Works survey this year.

The survey will close Friday, March 2, and students who participate in the final survey will receive free NIU notebooks.

The survey is available now and is accessible through students’ NIU e-mail accounts or by visiting the Office of Student Academic Success website.

For more information, contact Randi Napientek at (815) 753-0713 or [email protected].

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