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June 28, 2016

Driving Toward a Degree: Establishing a Baseline on Integrated Approaches to Planning and Advising

As postsecondary student retention and completion rates in the U.S. fail to improve at expected rates, there has been an increased focus on advising and specifically an approach called integrated planning and advising for student success (iPASS). Tyton Partners and the Babson Survey Research Group collaborated with The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to explore higher education advising and planning reform and to launch an initiative to improve student retention and completion. The report, Driving Toward a Degree: Establishing a Baseline on Integrated Approaches to Planning and Advising, is the largest publicly available data set on administrator perspectives and approaches to advising. It includes findings from a survey of more than 1,000 higher education administrators, advisors and faculty, identifying the rate of adoption of planning and advising solutions, and satisfaction with current technology providers.