Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana Enlists Unicon to Implement Student Success Plan (SSP)

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University to Take Advantage of Open Source Software for Student Success and Retention

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it will implement Student Success Plan (SSP) at Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (SUSLA) for coaches, counselors, and advisors to guide their students with case management technology. Unicon will provide IT consulting services, including implementation planning, systems integration, training, and support. SSP, case management technology, helps institutions achieve student success by providing a holistic coaching and counseling model for integrated planning and advising services (IPAS). At SUSLA, Unicon will integrate the institution’s student information system (SIS) and learning management system (LMS) with SSP, making it possible to populate student data from the SIS and academic data from the LMS into SSP. Unicon will also provide training to coaches, counselors, and advisors, ensuring they are well equipped to use the software and promote student success.

“We are excited to find that the features and tools of SSP provide us with the freedom to incorporate and the ability to enhance our customized student support services without affecting its system integrity, capability, or functionality,” said Major Brock, Executive Director of Student Success Center (CSS) and QEP, SUSLA. “Designing a first-year experience that teaches students to successfully navigate an appropriate field of study to attain their academic and vocational goals is CSS’ overall goal.”

SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. SSP features tools for early alerts, education planning and monitoring, counseling and interventions, journaling and action plans, and student self-help. SSP can be used with any targeted population of students, such as at-risk students or athletes. SSP is open source software, which allows SCC and other institutions to customize the system as needed.

Unicon will support SSP for SUSLA through its Open Source Support program. The program is a flexible, customizable open source support service with direct access to a dedicated team of developers, consultants, and system administrators. This unique, innovative support model grants access to expert support resources for any type of issue encountered. All support cases are handled directly by experts from the start. Unicon’s Open Source Support program offers enterprise-level support at various SLAs to meet the needs of deployments. In addition to SSP, the program currently provides support for Central Authentication Service (CAS), Drupal, Grouper, Sakai, Shibboleth, uMobile, and uPortal.

Learn more about Unicon’s services for SSP at http://www.unicon.net/opensource/student-success-plan.

About Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana
Southern University at Shreveport, a fully accredited comprehensive community college and a unit of the Southern University System located at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was created by Act 42 of the ordinary session of the Louisiana Legislature on May 11, 1964, By April 1978, Southern University at Shreveport was granted approval to begin awarding the associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. With the thrust toward instruction in paraprofessional or occupational education opportunities, the Institution began exploring the nature of the comprehensive community college.

The Institution currently occupies eleven (11) buildings on 103 acres main campus, located at 3050 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Northwest Shreveport and has two other campuses in downtown Shreveport at 610 Texas Street, which primarily houses nursing, allied health and workforce development programs. Additionally, the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport is housed at this site. The Aerospace Technology Center, located at the Shreveport Downtown Airport, 1560 Airport Drive, occupies two aircraft hangars with classroom space in the main terminal building.

Throughout the years, outstanding leadership has guided Southern University at Shreveport, from Dr. Walter Austin, who served as the Institution’s first chief executive officer, followed by a number of scholarly distinguished leaders. In November, 2000 Southern University Board of Supervisors’ named Dr. Ray L. Belton Chancellor, effective December, 2000. Under Dr. Belton’s leadership, which continues today, several years of all-time record enrollments have been reached, and SUSLA is recognized for its service to the community and partnerships with business and industry.

Southern University at Shreveport is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.sacscoc.org) to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. Learn more at http://www.susla.edu/Pages/SUSLAhome.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success, mobile computing, learning management systems, learning analytics, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; an Affiliate Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium; an Advanced Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network; an Organization Member of the Drupal Association; a Pantheon Gold Partner; a Solution Partner of Kaltura; and a reseller of Zimbra. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

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