On March 28, Amy LaBaugh, Vice President of Student Life at Brigham Young University-Idaho, joined Eileen Smith, Jenzabar Vice President of Marketing, for a University Business webinar to discuss student success, readiness, and retention.
LaBaugh knows a thing or two about boosting student success. In 2014, only 38 percent of BYU-Idaho’s day students had a graduation plan—a statistic that illustrates a growing challenge facing today’s colleges and universities. As both student and parent expectations increase, institutions feel unprecedented pressure to demonstrate on-time completion and positive student outcomes. Yet, this comes at a time when students have never been more underprepared for the rigors of higher education.
Faced with these challenges, BYU-Idaho knew they had to make a change. Enter Jenzabar GPS, a robust, data-driven platform that supports the full student lifecycle—college readiness, retention, on-time graduation, and career preparedness.
“At first our advisors were fearful; ‘The robots are coming! My job is being turned over to a system.’” Joked LaBaugh about the transition. “But once they starting using Jenzabar GPS, they realized that they are now able to function at the highest level of their career. There’s no more paperwork pushing since the students do a lot of self-service.”
Plus, the numbers speak for themselves. Today, with Jenzabar GPS, 79 percent of BYU-Idaho’s day students have a graduation plan.
“Technology is knocking down barriers for students,” said LaBaugh. “Before Jenzabar GPS, we had a disconnected experience. Now, it’s seamless software that’s comprehensive and holistic. We now greet the student, support them throughout their journey, and celebrate their successful completion and job offer.”
Plus, with streamlined, automated workflows, Jenzabar GPS has created more time for advisors and faculty to truly invest in students. “Advisors are now able to have holistic conversations and spend more time with students most at risk. Before we were just trying to keep up, and only worried about the day-to-day. Now advisors are saying, ‘I love my job so much more!’”