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Launches Jenzabar® College Readiness Inventory to uncover critical factors impacting retention and persistence at individual higher education institutions

Jenzabar, Inc., a leading provider of software, strategies, and services for higher education, today announced a new addition to its Student Success suite of technology and services designed specifically for higher education. The Jenzabar College Readiness Inventory is an online student survey and analysis tool that uncovers the hard-to-find non-cognitive factors impacting retention, persistence, and completion at a particular institution.

Jenzabar College Readiness Inventory helps identify and engage at-risk students based on self-reported data analyzed across seven key psychometric scales that are proven to correlate with student persistence. The tool makes it easier to find effective ways to improve student retention and outcomes.

“Jenzabar College Readiness Inventory is the roadmap for us to follow in providing high-quality, effective student success services,” said Jeff McNamara, Director of Student Success at Carroll University.  “If there is a red flag, it enables us to ask the right questions to uncover and address the real underlying concerns.”

The Jenzabar College Readiness Inventory is available immediately, as an annual subscription, which allows an institution to deploy the online survey twice a year, for a chosen population or subpopulation. Each deployment consists of a 49-question online survey that takes less than 15 minutes for students to complete. Jenzabar provides professional analysis of the data across a wide spectrum of issues that affect the student experience, as well as an actionable summary data dashboard for the entire school. Complete individual student information reports (scales and averages) are generated with comparisons related to the unique identity of the institution.

“Many factors contribute to student success at a given institution,” said Meghan Turjanica, Jenzabar Student Success Product Manager. “Increasing retention requires gathering and measuring both qualitative data, such as GPA and tests scores, and the non-cognitive or ‘soft’ behaviors and attitudes that can have a big impact on student persistence. Integrating a combination of data collection methods allows for more accurate and complete reporting, which in turn facilitates more effective interventions.”

Jenzabar’s full Student Success suite now includes: Jenzabar Retention, Jenzabar Early Alerts, Jenzabar Appointments, Jenzabar College Readiness Inventory, and Jenzabar Student Success Strategic Consulting. Jenzabar believes that the best way to promote student retention is to eliminate problems before they start. Jenzabar’s Student Success tools and services give higher education institutions a clear picture of what each student needs for a successful learning experience during their critical first year and all the way through to completion. By identifying students who are most at risk in key areas, institutions can connect them with relevant campus services before a concern arises.