YSU cited for cutting edge technology

edceteraYoungstown State University is being cited as one of 10 schools nationwide for its use of cutting edge technology.

edCetera, an education technology blog, included YSU’s efforts to improve student retention in a recent article about universities making major advancement in the use of technology to support their higher educational pursuits over the past year.

Read the article here. Among the other universities cited in the article are Boise State, Cornell, Indiana and Mississippi State.

In the article, author Karl Fendelander writes that a lot of attention has been paid to off-campus education of late, including MOOCs. “While all of these virtual campuses and massive open online courses were busy grabbing the spotlight, a lot of brick-and-mortar universities are taking their on-campus technology to the next level,” he writes. “The 10 universities below made major advancements in the technology supporting their higher educational pursuits over the past year, and we’re excited to highlight them here.”

Jonelle Beatrice

Jonelle Beatrice

YSU is included on the list for its use of Starfish Retention Solutions software to improve retention and grades for first- and second-year students. The software, implemented at YSU in 2011, allows faculty to flag students who are falling behind academically and to route those concerns to the students’ peer mentors and student support staff in the YSU Center for Student Progress. Early results are positive: The GPA for freshmen increased from 2.39 to 2.46 from 2011 to 2012. Classes that used the Starfish system had higher completion rates than classes that did not use the system.

“These are all results that indicate we are on the right track for increasing student progression, course completion and graduation,” said Jonelle Beatrice, YSU executive director of Student Life.

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