Rethinking Placement Exams

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.

Assessing the Whole Student

Current research suggests that self-regulated learning, mindset, and motivation are better predictors of college success than traditional placement or entrance exams. DAACS assesses these and provides students with strategies to be a more successful college student.

Predictive Analytics

Data provided by DAACS has been shown to increase the efficacy of predictive analytic models. These data 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.

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Recent research, presentations, and news from the DAACS team.

DAACS at OLC Accelerate

By DAACS on November 20, 2019

Using Diagnostic Assessment Data to Advance Student Success: Results from the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) Project Wednesday, November 20th, 1:15pm, Orlando, FL Abstract The Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) is a suite of open source, online assessments and supports (both technological and social) designed to optimize student learning. A study conducted at two online colleges suggest that DAACS is associated with increased student performance and accuracy of predictive student success.

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DAACS at the Maryland Assessment Research Center Conference

By DAACS on November 7, 2019

Using Diagnostic Assessment Data to Advance Student Success: Results from the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) Project **Thursday, November 7th, 2:45pm to 3:30pm, University of Maryland, College Park, MD ** More information here:

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DAACS Receives StAR Award from University at Albany

By DAACS on May 17, 2019

The DAACS team received a $48,500 Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) award from the University at Albany to implement DAACS at the University. Students enrolling beginning in 2020 will be an integral part the onboarding process. More information from the abstract: DAACS is a fully functioning, free, online suite of diagnostic assessments of college readiness, including reading, writing, mathematics, and self-regulated learning ( DAACS provides newly enrolled students with the information and resources needed to prepare for the academic rigors of college.

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Dr Bryer to be panelist for World Future Forum

By DAACS on April 24, 2019

Future Review Panel: Approaches to Studying Student Success in Higher Education Thursday, April 24, 11:25am to 12:10pm, Chicago This panel will highlight the work that is published in Future Review, our publication. Two of the first authors to publish in this journal will discuss their work on student success. The panel features both quantitative and qualitative research, and highlights the different ways of conceptualizing student success in higher education. Panelists will also discuss how their research can be used by practitioners in higher education, and why they chose Future Review as a venue for their research.

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