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MAP-Works® continues to contribute to new student success

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

Between February 1 and 22 all UNI freshmen will be able to increase their chances of college success by taking the second MAP-Works® survey of the 2010-11 academic year.

Each student, upon completion of the 20-minute survey, receives an email link to a personalized report. The report provides valuable insights and information, based on a combination of the student’s answers to survey items, data regarding their academic history and resources that are available on campus regarding academic and personal issues.

Faculty/staff with professional connections to each student also obtain access to the reports.  These “Direct-Connects” offer encouragement, information and referrals related to freshman success.

Beyond the significant value of the feedback, itself, incentives to take the MAP-Works® survey include a variety of opportunities to win prizes. Winners of a $150, $200 and $250 Visa gift card will be selected from all students who take the survey on February 1, the first day of the February 1-22 survey period.  Additionally, celebration parties will be provided to every on-campus “house” whose level of freshmen taking the survey reaches at least 85% by February 22.  The grand prize, which can be won by anyone taking the survey by February 22, is a $1000 reduction in the winning student’s university bill.

Promotions include posters in residence halls; postcards to off-campus students; “It’s All About You” MAP-Works® t-shirts worn by residence hall and dining staff once a week during the survey; an article in the International Student Program’s spring newsletter; and messages in UNI Online and My UNIverse News. All faculty/staff are asked to strongly encourage freshmen to take the survey and read their personalized results.

 Fall Survey Results

Over 85% of 1,969 freshmen took the fall 2010 survey at UNI. Of those taking it 64% read all or part of their results. On a subsequent survey of on-campus residents, 28% who reported taking the survey said they that their personalized report was “very” to “extremely” helpful. Additionally, 36% of students who reported that they received faculty/staff help as a result of MAP-Works reported that it was “very” to “extremely” helpful. 

MAP-Works® is a collaborative project of the university’s Divisions of Student Affairs and Division of Academic Affairs, under the direction of the First Year Council. More information about the MAP-Works® program is available at and by contacting Campus Coordinator Drake Martin at