MAP-Works Student Retention Platform Reports Over $25 Million in Institutional Savings in 2012

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Colleges and universities using MAP-Works demonstrate benefits of leading retention management platform.

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By using an easy yet powerful tool to measure interventions, our campus partners can fulfill their mission of increasing the numbers of students heading toward successful outcomes.

MAP-Works, the leading student success and retention program, today announced results of its 2012 campus implementation, showing 1,561 students were retained with over $25 million saved by sixty reporting institutions that use the MAP-Works student retention software.

The survey, conducted using data from Fall 2011 first-year students, combines institutional retention data with the annual MAP-Works Fall Transition survey data of sixty reporting campuses. These students indicated their intent to leave in the Fall of 2011, but instead returned to re-enroll in the Fall of 2012.

“These results show it is possible to reverse the trend of declining graduation rates,” said Dr. Sherry Woosley, Director of Analytics and Research at MAP-Works. “We work closely with each member of our client community to make sure that they track indicators for students’ success on campus, giving educators and administrators custom analytics and intuitive visuals in order identify at-risk students and act quickly. By using an easy yet powerful tool to measure interventions, our campus partners can fulfill their mission of increasing the numbers of students heading toward successful outcomes.”

According to the latest IPEDS data, the U.S. graduation rate at four-year institutions is 56%, and at two-year institutions is 34%. Improving retention is complicated by the range of factors that influence a student’s decision to drop out of college. Student characteristics and behaviors, goals, motivation, interactions with the institution, as well as larger societal and institutional factors affect whether a student completes their degree.

MAP-Works, created in partnership with Ball State University in 2003, gives schools a clear picture of their students and provides a management platform to coordinate administrators’ communication and response tactics, enabling significant improvement in student achievement. Often, in the first year of using the MAP-Works program, institutions see student retention rise an impressive amount. The platform identifies students that are at risk of dropping out, like those students with financial worries, are feeling homesick or have feelings of not belonging, and campus administrators can then intervene and address the problem before the student drops out.

EBI MAP-Works, has been servicing institutions of higher education since 1993, and currently works with over 1,500 college and universities nationwide. In May 2012, they joined Macmillan New Ventures’ portfolio of innovative education technology companies, such as PrepU, i>clicker, and Sapling Learning.

About MAP-Works

MAP-Works is a comprehensive program that enables colleges and universities to improve student retention. MAP-Works offers a suite of management tools that capture and report on student satisfaction and other issues throughout the school year. It provides an “early warning system” for students who are at risk for a variety of reasons beyond academic difficulty. The program was developed over two decades by Ball State University and has been refined by EBI MAP-Works, which owns and administers the program nationwide.
More information on MAP-Works is available at or by calling (417) 429-0081.

MAP-Works is complimented by another service, EBI Benchmarking Assessments, which provides comparative assessment instruments and analyses to support improvement of program quality in many areas of higher education. This offering includes comprehensive assessments of academic programs, student affairs programs, and custom assessments tailored to the needs of educational institutions.
More information on EBI Benchmarking Assessments is available at or by calling (417) 429-0081.

About Macmillan New Ventures

Macmillan New Ventures discovers and develops innovative and proven technologies and new products that drive learning outcomes and engagement. Part of global media company Macmillan, the New Ventures division pushes the boundaries of where, when and how learning happens - teacher to student; student to teacher; and peer to peer. For more information, visit


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