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Skyfactor Mapworks

Mapworks is an online survey taken by all students at CWU during Fall and Winter quarters. By taking the survey, students can report their goals, hopes, and plans for success throughout their college experience. This self-reported information provides a plan to support their success during these important years of college. Using the survey results, CWU faculty and staff discuss strategies to best support the transition to college life, learning and the connections that encourage success.

Campus Coordinator:   Eric Scott  509-963-1074  eric.scott@cwu.edu

Technical Coordinator:  Marion Andrin  509-963-1891  marion.andrin@cwu.edu

Mapworks is a Skyfactor® retention and success system. You can learn more about Skyfactor by visiting their website at: http://skyfactor.com/student-retention-why-it-works/

FAQ’s:

Who will view the information from Mapworks?

Are the results secure?

Why does CWU use Mapworks?

Why should students complete Mapworks?

When do I take Mapworks?

I am staff, how can I help with Mapworks?

FERPA Information

Who will view the information from Mapworks?

Mapworks results are made available to the student immediately after they have taken the assessment. The results will then be reviewed by members of the CWU faculty/staff, including resident assistants. The group of professional staff includes residence life staff, academic advisors, career counselors, and medical and counseling staff. Your student has the option to remove their report from availability at any time and all data is self-disclosed.

Are the results secure?

Mapworks was built with secure web pages. The system maintains a set of stringent hierarchical permissions. The system is reviewed annually by the CWU institutional research committee. The internal permissions are reviewed by the Campus Coordinator to verify access is current and appropriate. The online system provides notices which conforms to Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.

Why does CWU use Mapworks?

At CWU, we value each student and believe that:
• One of the most critical times to provide extra support to students is during the first six weeks of the first semester and through continued check-ins throughout the college career.
• All students can benefit from special, individually-designed, support services.
• Personal development occurs differently for each individual.
• Central Washington University faculty and staff members are eager to work collaboratively to meet the needs of students and support their academic success through graduation.
• Shared experiences build mutual respect and cooperative spirit among students.  

Why should students complete Mapworks?

Completing Mapworks benefits students by providing specific strategies to achieve success. This survey requires students to reflect about how they are adapting to their college environment and the areas they are concerned about for their college career. The survey helps each person realize that CWU cares about them and their success by allowing staff to follow up with students.

In addition, meeting with a CWU professional provides an opportunity for the student to receive personalized attention, which will create a higher likelihood that they will 1) resolve their issue and 2) have a contact to reach out for future support or encouragement. This winning combination provides a great opportunity for collegiate success for your first year student.

When do I take Mapworks?

During the second week of Fall and Winter quarter, all students will receive an email with a link to complete the assessment. Students in UNIV 101 may receive the link as part of a course assignment. Students will simply go to the website provided and enter their provided user name and create a password.

I am staff, how can I help with Mapworks?

The first step is to make sure our students are taking the Mapworks assessment. By asking the question and following up with students we can stress the importance of the tool. Additionally, if you work in a role that provides academic and support services you may already have access to the assessment. There are HR-provided trainings to teach you the skills necessary to read student reports, understand the risk indicators, and log interactions. For more information contact Eric Scott at 509-963-1074 or scotter@cwu.edu .

FERPA Information

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. That means if you are a student 18 years or older, university officials are not allowed to share information concerning your time on campus, unless we believe there is a health or safety emergency. For more information concerning this regulation please see:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

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