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MAP-Works® (Making Achievement Possible)

MAP-Works® (Making Achievement Possible) is a comprehensive student retention and success program designed for first-year students and utilized by Iowa State University (ISU)  since fall of 2008. MAP-Works® identifies at-risk students early in the semester through survey responses from student participants. The survey provides the infrastructure through which ISU faculty and staff can manage outreach efforts and support to increase student retention by addressing individual transition issues.

MAP-Works Implementation Timeline 2014

  • Classes begin: Monday, August 25, 2014
  • MAP-Works launch date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
  • Last day for incentivized completion: Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Last day the survey is open: Friday, October 31, 2014

Benefits for Students

  • Indicates areas in which they made need extra support
  • Normalizes their experience in comparison to peers
  • Offers suggested ISU resources and invested ISU professionals that can help

Next Steps: Complete survey by logging into AccessPlus. Review your survey results and contact suggested campus offices you feel will support your transition to college.

Additional information regarding MAP-Works for students is available here.

Benefits to Faculty and Staff

  • Identifies at-risk students early in their first semester
  • Provides directed ‘talking points’ for faculty/staff to utilize
  • Prioritizes time by intervening with those presenting the greatest need first
Next Steps: Consider attending a MAP-Works training geared towards faculty and staff. These trainings will specifically cover how to incorporate MAP-Works information into the classroom or advising appointments.
Faculty and Staff can find classroom resources, history, and MAP-Works training schedules by clicking here. Those interested can also read more in the MAP-Works Foundations Document

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Keith Robinder, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students
Rachel Wagner Ed.D., Associate Director of Residence