BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (July 19, 2017) – Indiana University, today, announced a new partnership with Schedule Planner by Civitas Learning that will allow the university system’s more than 100,000 students to develop the most optimal course schedules, enabling clearer academic pathways to graduation.
Course scheduling is regularly cited as top challenge among college students, impacting their progression toward a degree and ability to juggle life and logistics along the way. And, on average, students accumulate 27 excess credits in the journey toward graduation–often resulting in wasted time and unnecessary debt.
Civitas Learning’s pathways solution includes the Schedule Planner app, which streamlines the schedule planning process for students. It will be scaled across the seven IU-administered campuses, including IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.
“At Indiana University, it’s our goal to provide a high-quality experience for every student enrolled, regardless of what campus they’re enrolled at,” said Rebecca Torstrick, Assistant Vice President for University Academic Affairs at Indiana University. “A partnership with Civitas Learning enables us to benefit from their technical expertise and learnings from other institutions, while also offering students best-in-class technology that integrates with our own systems. This provides a new opportunity to maximize the efficiency of course scheduling, and ensure that our students are on a path to success from the beginning.”
The app, which will be available to IU students this fall in place of a previous home-grown tool, was selected because it will enhance the course scheduling and registration processes for IU students. By integrating with IU’s current systems, students can see and pull courses from a current degree plan, block off break times, and maximize credit hours while balancing learning with life. Administrators have the ability to enhance advising and planning services, fine tune the master class schedule, and balance course fill rates.
“With many of today’s students juggling work, family and other life situations, we know they need a flexible and personalized way to plan their studies,” said Mark Milliron, co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning. “Indiana University is already doing great things to support their diverse students, and we’re excited to add to the mix with a new tool that plugs into their existing systems, scales quickly, and helps students start, stay, and finish strong on their different pathways.”
To date, 3.2 million students have scheduled courses using this personalized pathway solution, including more than one million unique students in April 2017 alone. On average, colleges and universities report up to a 3.1 percentage point increase in student persistence and up to a 3.5 percentage point improvement in graduation rates when using the app.