Student Advising System

Universities and colleges across the nation are concerned with increasing the percentage of students who graduate in four to six years. In addition to the financial impacts from lost students, retention rates are tied to state funding and are an important factor in determining rankings of universities and colleges in annual publications.

The University of Southern California and Urban Insight devoted 18 months to determining how advisors and administrators can best use software to help increase student retention.

The result is UAdvise -- a software system that enables advisors to use a combination of 20 indicators to identify students at risk. Advisors use a set of online advising tools, such as electronic degree planning worksheets and course plans, and maintain an advisement history that follows students across multiple majors and academic units.

Since implementing this system, USC's 4- and 6-year retention rates have increased by an impressive 4%, placing USC within the the top tier of national universities.


Database Design
External Software Integration
Shibboleth Integration
Business Process Consulting
Operations Support

"This tool will totally recast the way we track our students' academic progress, and I believe we will begin to see benefits almost immediately... We have built a system that is arguably the most powerful academic tracking tool available at any large, American university."
Dr. Gene Bickers, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs, University of Southern California