Introduction and Overview
Starting in spring 2017, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will be implementing the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) project. iPASS is intended to improve the way students experience advising through the use of technology and enhanced advising approaches.
The College has partnered with two nationally recognized research organizations, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and MDRC, to help measure the effectiveness of this advising program. The purpose of the iPASS study is to determine the impact that this academic advising approach has on student outcomes. As part of the study, students who meet certain criteria will be randomly selected for the study and may receive iPASS advising services. These services may include increased communications from academic advisors, Early Alert notifications based on academic performance, and holds on class registration until after meeting with an academic advisor.
Students not enrolled in the iPASS study will continue to have access to campus advising services and may also have access to iPASS advising tools that have been implemented across MCCC. The quality and timing of academic advising received by students who are not enrolled in iPASS will not be affected.
If you are selected to take part in the iPASS evaluation, your student information may be shared with MDRC and CCRC. You will be notified if your information will be shared, and any shared information will be kept confidential unless otherwise stated in writing. A student DOES NOT have the option to choose whether they are enrolled in the iPASS study. However, students can opt out of having their information shared with MDRC and CCRC.
The Research Study
Montgomery County Community College is working with research organizations CCRC and MDRC to determine how academic advising can best facilitate student success in college. As part of this study, the College will share student records data with MDRC and CCRC. The data includes personal identifiers, such as name and contact information, enrollment, credits attempted and completed, grades, and financial aid. You will be notified if your information is shared, and any information that MDRC and CCRC collect for the study will be kept confidential and will be used for research purposes only. About 1,000 MCCC students will be enrolled in the iPASS study during the spring 2017 and fall 2017 semesters, with follow-up continuing until 2020.
Researchers may contact students to ask questions about their experience with and use of academic advising services. Participation in these follow up activities will be voluntary, and students who participate will be compensated for their time.
How to Opt Out of Sharing Data
Information that MDRC, CCRC and Montgomery County Community College collect for the study will be kept confidential and will be used for research purposes only. Paper research records that include identifying information such as names, student ID number, or email addresses will be kept in locked filing cabinets at MDRC, CCRC and MCCC. Computerized research data will be kept on secure drives, only accessible by the research team. All paper and computerized files containing identifying information will be destroyed at the end of the study.