IU is launching a new online student success platform in fall 2024 to help students register for classes and explore different pathways easier.
IU partnered with Stellic in 2022, a company that provides degree management tools for students, advisors and administrators, to help with the project.
IU President Pamela Whitten said in an email to students the platform will help students register for classes, plan their futures at IU, understand and explore academic pathways and make choices that keep them on track for graduation.
According to an IU press release, the platform will launch in the fall of 2024 and implementation efforts will begin in the spring and summer of 2024. After the platform is up and running, IU will begin looking at developing modules that will enhance the platform for students even more.
Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, vice president for student success, said this platform will be added to all IU campuses, not just the Bloomington campus.
“Last year I had some students come to me to talk about registration and they started to try to explain to me how they register for classes, and they started to open all the tabs and I thought ‘okay it should not be this hard,’” Payne-Kirchmeier said.
Payne-Kirchmeier said IU launched a request for proposal, which is a document that announces an upcoming project and asks bidders to place bids, in the spring of 2022. They then determined Stellic was the partner that best met their needs.
“We asked students to tell us what exactly they wanted to see in this thing,” Payne-Kirchmeier said. “Like one platform, easier for students by centering their experience and ‘do not show me classes I cannot take’ was one of the first things they said.”
The online platform is one way IU is working toward the goals of the IU 2030 Strategic Plan. The IU 2030 Strategic Plan was launched in April 2023 and details goals and plans for all IU campuses going forward. The new student platform falls under the student success and opportunity of the plan. One of the goals listed was to improve on-time graduation rates, which is what the platform is aiming to do.
Payne-Kirchmeier said their first meeting with Stellic’s team to discuss the project was Sept. 5.