"...Insights related to specific factors—and derived from rigorous data analysis—often make a difference for students... and institutions.”
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 28, 2015
EBI MAP-Works®, a leading provider of student retention solutions and program assessments for higher education, announced today that it has changed its company name to Skyfactor™. The name of its well-known student retention system, MAP-Works, has been changed to Mapworks™, and its portfolio of assessment and benchmarking offerings is now branded as Benchworks™.
According to Mahendran Jawaharlal, President of Skyfactor, the name Skyfactor was chosen after conducting many brainstorming sessions, surveying a random sample of customers and non-customers, and market-testing the final candidates. “Providing the best possible environment for fostering student success is core to the missions of our partner institutions. The word ‘Sky’ connotes success and unlimited possibilities for students and institutions of higher education. We combined ‘Sky’ with the word ‘factor’ because insights related to specific factors—and derived from rigorous data analysis—often make a difference for students, faculty, staff, academic programs, student affairs programs, and institutions.”
The increased global attention on graduation rates and institutional effectiveness has prompted institutions to devote more time and resources to increasing student success rates and program performance. As a result, institutions are looking beyond the mere collection and display of performance and retention data, to solutions that enable them to gain true insights into the factors that contribute to each student’s success. The Skyfactor Mapworks system has been helping institutions of higher education improve student success and retention rates for the past ten years. Tailored to fit the specific needs of each institution, the hosted Mapworks solution makes it possible for each partner institution to reap the benefits of a customized, accurate predictive model, to quickly identify the need to create new student support programs, and to focus attention on students who need it most. A highly-intuitive set of dashboards makes it easy for faculty and staff to connect students with the resources they need and to track progress daily.
Skyfactor has been working with professional organizations for more than 20 years to create the Benchworks library of program assessments, a comprehensive set of interactive reports, and the ability to benchmark against peer institutions. The pre-built, yet customizable collection of over 45 Benchworks program assessments make it easy for institutions to get started, enabling them to quickly focus attention and resources on improvements that are likely to have the greatest impact on program and institutional effectiveness.
Since 1994, Skyfactor has been collaborating with professional organizations to build easy-to-use academic and student affairs assessments, all rooted in accreditation and professional standards and based upon principles of continuous improvement. The output of these assessments includes longitudinal data, the ability to benchmark against peer institutions, and dashboards that enable rapid identification of specific program issues and areas that need to be addressed first. The Mapworks student retention system can be tailored to fit the specific needs of each institution. It combines predictive analytics with student data—both historical and current—to provide a continuous cycle of communication across departments, visually informing faculty and staff of at-risk students, and facilitating early intervention strategies and measurable results. In 2012, Skyfactor became part of the Macmillan New Ventures portfolio of software and services, all focused on the education market.
About Macmillan New Ventures:
Macmillan New Ventures discovers and develops innovative, 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.