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Mapworks (Making Achievement Possible)

Mapworks (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. Mapworks 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.

Mapworks Implementation Timeline 2015

  • Classes begin: Monday, August 24, 2015
  • Mapworks launch date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
  • Last day for incentivized completion: Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Last day the survey is open: Friday, October 30, 2015

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 Mapworks 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 Mapworks training geared towards faculty and staff. These trainings will specifically cover how to incorporate Mapworks information into the classroom or advising appointments.

Faculty and Staff can find classroom resources, history, and Mapworks training schedules by clicking here. Those interested can also read more in the Mapworks Foundations Document.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Name Title Email
Keith Robinder Associate Dean of Students
Rachel Wagner Associate Director of Residence