DAACS is a diagnostic assessment designed to help students transition to college. DAACS provides personalized feedback about students’ strengths and weaknesses in terms of key academic and self-regulated learning skills, linking them to the resources to help them be successful students.
Traditional placement exams are high stakes assessments on which students receive either a passing or failing grade. Those who fail are placed into costly remediation courses that delay progress. In contrast, DAACS provides students with detailed information and feedback on their preparation for college-level work, as well as resources for shoring it up. Students can build needed skills while enrolled in courses that lead to the completion of their degrees.
Current research suggests that mindset, self-regulated learning, and grit are better predictors of college success than traditional placement or entrance exams. DAACS will assess these and provide students with strategies to be a more successful college student.
Data provided by DAACS can increase the efficacy of predictive analytic models. These data will not only help institutions identify their most academically at-risk students, but also provide specific information as to why they are at risk. With this information, more targeted interventions can be developed that better serve students’ needs.