Student data goes from hand-collated to automated

Thursday, February 13, 2014

To ensure student-athletes were meeting all academic program requirements, as well as attending practices and competitions, Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona formerly assigned two athletics staff members to monitor the athletes.

But the monitors were spending more time than anticipated in the related tasks: gathering information on students, hand sorting and updating data to track progress, confirming continued eligibility, and intervening at the first sign of academic difficulty. Creating spreadsheets and sending letters to faculty was time-consuming—very time-consuming—and Director of College Technology Carol Myers knew there had to be a better way.