Students’ Views on Using Technology at PSU

Technology is ubiquitous in our learning and work environment. It is good to take a pause and assess how our students access and use technology to enhance their learning experience. Our Chief Information Officer, Kirk Kelly, recently shared with the President’s Executive Committee and the Academic Leadership Team survey results of PSU student technology use.

In this guest blog, Kirk shares the results in order for us to be responsive and better understand student behavior and needs.

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PSU’s New Approach to Advising: ‘Siri, Where is my Degree Map?’

Each student takes their own unique path towards their degree and each path is marked by a series of decisions: What should I major in? How long will it take to earn a degree? What courses should I enroll in? Can I afford it? What is a good work/school balance?

These are complicated questions that can be very stressful for students. Making the wrong decision about registration can set students back months and cost them a significant amount of money. When students are faced with an unanticipated change to their plan, whether that is a change in course availability, or a change of major, students are forced to revisit many of the same questions.

Our PSU students have told us they want to understand the full implications of a degree choice and know that their decisions align with their academic, career, and financial goals. As part of our reTHINK PSU efforts we are looking at ways to integrate our planning and advisement tools with student- and advisor-facing systems.

PSU at APLU National Competition
PSU was one of six universities selected to pitch an innovative idea to reform advising at the national Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) meeting. Each institution had five minutes to convince a panel of judges that their pitch was worthy of a $100,000 prize funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and the Lumina Foundation.

And, guess what?

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What People are Saying About Provost’s Challenge

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The SMSU Ballroom was buzzing with excitement on May 19. Hundreds came to celebrate the completion of the Provost’s Challenge projects.

The Provost’s Challenge launched in the Fall 2012 with ideas generated by faculty and staff. The Challenge provided the infrastructure and funds to innovate and implement technological solutions to change curriculum and student processes. Their collective impact on the student experience is greater than the sum of the parts and reflect PSU’s ability to engage in transformational change.

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