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Mapworks for Students


Mapworks for Students

Mapworks Process

How does it work?

Mapworks uses a combination of:

  • Admissions data (high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores)
  • Institutional data (graduation rates, average GPA)
  • A series of individualized student surveys taken at pivotal times throughout each semester that concentrate on:
    • Learning (expectations and past earned grades, study skills and maximization of those skills) 
    • Connections (student activities and residence hall life)
    • Making healthy choices (time management, eating healthy)
    • Self-knowledge (academic abilities and self management)

Mapworks provides student participants with a personalized online or printable (PDF) report. Each report helps the student understand their personal strengths and weaknesses. It also details pertinent campus resources as well as benchmarking results to show participants how their peers are adapting to campus life. 

Why Mapworks?

NIU students who completed the Mapworks surveys performed far better than students who chose not to participate in the program. Students who completed the Mapworks survey:

  • Earned an entire GPA point higher
  • Completed an additional course (or three more credit hours)
  • Were less likely to be placed on academic probation
  • Benefited from additional direct and individualized staff support and assistance

Who views the reports?

Students may only access their personal data. They are also provided with aggregate data to allow them to understand their expectations and behaviors in comparison to those of their peers.

NIU Academic Advisors, Residence Halls Directors, Student Success Specialists and other pertinent faculty and staff may access individual and aggregate results in order to be of assistance to students. These professional receive extensive training and are ethically and legally bound by FERPA regulations, the Illinois Ethics Standards and the MAP-Works confidentiality agreement.

When do I take the survey?

NIU will launch the first Mapworks survey approximately three weeks into the semester. Students are encouraged to check their NIU student e-mail accounts for instructions as well as their unique survey link. An additional surveys will be launched three weeks into the spring semester to help students gauge their progress.

How do I view My Report?

Once students have completed the survey, a customized report is generated that will help them determine their academic, behavioral and social strengths and growth areas. For assistance in viewing your report please read this helpful guide.