May 1, 2017

BoilerConnect pilot a success; program expanding to more advising units

BoilerConnect launched a successful pilot program this semester to help participating staff members from a variety of campus units create a coordinated support system that ensures all students get the support they need when they need it.

Pilot participants used the program this semester and were surveyed on what they liked or didn't like. With a positive response, the system will now move forward with launching the program to other advising units. For a complete timeline, visit

For more information on the program and the timeline, faculty and staff can attend an information session 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 8 in Stewart Center, Room 218.

The virtual platform combines predictive analytics with communication and workflow tools to help support and retain students and provide a successful path for graduation, says Frank Dooley, vice provost for teaching and learning.

For example, if an advisor recommends that a student visit the Academic Success Center, the advisor could make the referral in the BoilerConnect system. ASC staff would then be notified about the referral, and could reach out to the student as well, he says.

BoilerConnect will help Purdue achieve its goals of increasing undergraduate retention and graduation rates and eliminating achievement gaps for low-income and first-generation students. It will provide seamless communication among all those who work with undergraduate students.

The platform is from the Educational Advisory Board, a provider of research, technology and consulting services to colleges and universities nationwide.

For more information, visit

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