Rethinking College Readiness

In the past, newly enrolled college students had little reliable information about their readiness for college-level academic work. DAACS addresses this problem by providing students with detailed information and feedback on their preparation for college, as well as resources for shoring it up. By using DAACS, students can build needed skills in areas of self-regulated learning, writing, reading, and mathematics while enrolled in courses that lead to the completion of their degrees.

Focussing on 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 places emphasis on these areas and provides students with concrete strategies for becoming 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 how 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 2022 AERA

By DAACS on April 25, 2022

Efficacy of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills for Traditional-Age College Students Monday, April 25th, San Diego, CA Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the effects and predictive power of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) on student success. DAACS is a diagnostic assessment tool designed to measure college students’ reading, writing, mathematics, and self-regulated learning skills and provide them with feedback and resources to enhance their success.

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DAACS Team Wins IES Grant to the Efficacy of DAACS on Student Success

By DAACS on July 14, 2021

Examining the Efficacy, Predictive Power, and Cost Effectiveness of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious $3,789,074 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to study the impact of online assessment tools on college students’ success. CUNY SPS will lead a partnership with SUNY Albany, Rutgers University, SUNY Empire State College, and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) to examine the efficacy, predictive power, and cost effectiveness of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS), a suite of technological and social supports designed to optimize student learning, on newly enrolled college students.

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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: https://education.umd.edu/research/centers/marc/workshops-and-conferences/2019-marc-conference

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