Vol State to Receive New Advising Tool for Students

Submitted on November 09, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Volunteer State Community College will have a new high-tech tool soon to help students figure out in which classes they will do well, and assist those students in picking a major. The computer-based Adaptive Advising Tool (AAT) was first developed at Austin Peay State University by Provost, Dr. Tristan Denley. The tool utilizes predictive analytics to provide students with suggested course offerings that not only fulfill the student's program of study, but are also courses in which the student is likely to succeed. Those suggestions are based on the success of other students with similar academic backgrounds. In the first year of implementation at Austin Peay, the AAT accurately predicted a student's grade within half a letter grade.

The AAT program is funded by Complete College America's (CCA) Completion Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant. Vol State, Nashville State Community College and the University of Memphis were chosen by the grant leadership team as the initial expansion sites in Tennessee. The schools will be assisted in implementation by Provost Denley and staff with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Each institution will closely track the effects of the tool on student performance. The ultimate goal is that the AAT will improve student advising and eventually college completion rates.

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