” … more than 100,000 hours of current combined study time data from nearly 10,000 unique students is utilized in 1st year program research and other university retention and engagement studies.”
[This is a follow-up to the original case study.]
The Holman Success Center at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) began utilizing codeREADr’s services in the fall of 2012. Since then, we have logged a total of 144,790 scans. codeREADr has become an integral part of our daily operations, seamlessly and easily providing accurate, real-time data from numerous areas of the campus that had previously presented complicated logistical issues.
With an ability to design and deploy mobile data collection processes almost instantly, it has been easy for the Holman Success center to expand the use of this system into numerous other administrative areas of the university. What began as two (2) scanning devices tracking attendance in a small study tables room, has grown to 140 scanning devices collecting and measuring data from dozens of different types of events and activities all across a campus that supports over 23,000 students.
An example of just a few of the ways we utilize the codeREADr system at EMU:
Study Tables Attendance
Tracks the total number of sessions and amount of time each student attends. Accuracy is critical here for a number of student populations. The Athletics department reports their student-athlete hours to the NCAA for compliance purposes, and we also track students who have attendance requirements based on academic probation standards. Aside from these uses, the more than 100,000 hours of current combined study time data from nearly 10,000 unique students is utilized in 1st year program research and other university retention and engagement studies.
General Education Requirements
Students at Eastern Michigan University are required to attend a number of activities such as plays, speaking engagements and other social events in order to earn requisite Gen Ed credits. codeREADr has been and continues to be used to provide an easy “check-in” solution for many of these events.
EMU Rewards Program
As additional motivation to become engaged with the university, we incentivize students to attend sporting events and other social campus activities by offering various prizes and rewards (ranging from free sunglasses to a free semester’s worth of tuition) for participation. We integrate codeREADr data with other systems to determine point allocations and prize redemption status. This has been particularly effective in terms of bringing Athletics and Academics together to achieve common goals.
Book Loaner Program
Many of today’s college texts are expensive, so the Holman Success Center provides the highest-demand texts for students to “check out” at our study tables locations. QR code labels are created for each text and the system scans them in and out each time they are in use. Not only does this allow us to monitor inventory easily (all texts still accounted for) but also to measure frequency of usage and other helpful metrics like dates and time of day.
Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
As part of our academic support role, we offer students free drop-in-tutoring and supplemental instruction for our highest demand courses that present the most common challenges (like Math and Sciences). By tracking attendance at these sessions we are able to accurately determine which courses to offer, staffing levels and schedules. This data is also being used for research in terms of participation in relation to G.P.A. and other academic metric benchmarks.
Overall, we couldn’t be happier with the codeREADr system and how it continues to simplify our processes. It’s extremely light footprint offers minimal hardware expense, an intuitive interface that makes personnel training a snap, and an easily administrated back end with flexible reporting output. On top of all of these things, the leadership and technical support that codeREADr provides is best-in-class, developing customized functionality and helping us to develop and refine many of the processes we use every day. It is a critical component to how we do business and with an upcoming admit class that is projecting to be the biggest in Eastern Michigan University’s 165 year history, will only continue to grow in scope and application.
Eastern Michigan University