A "Tool Belt" to Tie Data from Different Software Together
Many schools feel that no one system can do everything well for each department’s unique and specialized needs. Schools have told us they:
- Are skeptical of systems claiming to be all-in-one solutions (“Jack of all trades, master of none”)
- Need to retain a legacy system for “a few more years” in one department but still want to purchase highly specialized software for another department
- Want to use university paid for systems for some software (e.g., SIS, LMS) and augment with highly specialized professional software (e.g., high stakes exam software, clinical evaluations, advising)
- Need to use university mandated systems for some functions, but departments can select the software that best suits their needs for specialty systems
Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, these schools want a way to seamlessly integrate all these systems. Instead of one tool, they need a tool belt to tie all the best software together.
Dozens of professional schools have used ProgressIQ to unify all relevant data together into a modern interface for students, faculty, staff, and administration. And if one of those schools ever decides to add or change mission critical systems, the school is empowered and ready to do so with ProgressIQ as its tool belt.
Change Your Mission Critical Systems When You Need To
While you might prefer not to change mission critical systems in the middle of an academic year, it is often necessary to do so! The challenge is to do so in a way that does not disrupt service and appears seamless to end users.
ProgressIQ helps clients do just that. One client said: “With ProgressIQ, we were able to change our rotations management software in the middle of the academic year.” ProgressIQ integrates and stores current and historical student academic data from all major rotations management vendors. To users – faculty, students, and administrators – the transition from one system to another is seamless, because they access the data through the same web and mobile friendly interface.
Additionally, ProgressIQ backloaded all of the data from the previous three rotations systems that they had cycled through, as their needs evolved. “We now know we have the freedom to change systems when we need to, and still have ready access to all of our data as though it came from one system.”
ProgressIQ frees universities, colleges, and individual departments to select the best software for their respective needs—and change them when appropriate to their mission—as their needs change and grow.
Protect the Public and Document Student Performance
What happens when your school simply can’t locate student performance committee documentation?
One school adopted ProgressIQ specifically because this embarrassing and concerning situation occurred. This client has a “three strikes, you’re out” policy for students who are censured by the Student Performance Committee (SPC). Before ProgressIQ, this client relied on paper records, file folders, and a cadre of spreadsheets to keep track of which students had been to the SPC. As she sat in on a supposedly “second strike” SPC meeting, one of the associate deans later told us she was positive that a particular student had been to the SPC twice before in years past. However, at the time of this critical meeting, the SPC could not produce the records to prove this was the third visit and allowed the student to graduate medical school.
Over a year later, when the former student was well into his residency, the client found the records proving the student had been to SPC three times. By their own written policy, the student should not have graduated! This put the school in a significant ethical, legal, and financial dilemma.
The client adopted ProgressIQ, stating:
We never want this to happen again. With ProgressIQ, the entire academic record, including every score, all evaluations, every visit to the SPC—everything—is in one place. During SPC all members and the student view the record on the same web page. If we had ProgressIQ at the time, we would have immediately dismissed this student—ensuring he did not practice medicine. Our first and foremost duty is to protect the public. When we must dismiss students, the supporting documented evidence must be clear, convincing, and overwhelming. ProgressIQ has greatly reduced the potential for lawsuits. Most importantly, ProgressIQ helps us rest a little easier knowing that we have done our best to protect future patients.
Residency Advising for Medical Students
Medical schools can advise students on their likelihood of matching to a particular specialty starting in their first year of medical school. Too often, residency advising happens “after the boards”, when it is too late for students to make meaningful adjustments. With licensing exams changing to pass/no pass, predictive dashboards for student advising are even more critical to student residency match success.
Using student academic performance data and residency match information from previous graduating classes, one client developed a predictive model of the likelihood that a student will match to the residency of their choice. The client then displayed that model as a dashboard in ProgressIQ with an easy to interpret red/yellow/green display per student for each residency type. Students and advisors had instant and secure access to this invaluable information.
Key to the dashboard’s adoption is thoughtful design for intuitive and actionable interpretation. “What was unique about this dashboard is that it acted as both an early warning system for students off track and reassurance for students who were on target to match to their chosen residency specialties,” says Scott Helf, of ProgressIQ, who helped architect the dashboard.
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