Max­imis­ing Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Stu­dent Proven Suc­cess “W

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ith over 27 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in Post School Ed­u­ca­tion, Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege knows what it takes to raise the bar for stu­dents and vastly im­prove suc­cess rates”. So says Kerry Da­mons, mar­ket­ing man­ager at the cam­pus.

“While in school the stu­dent may have been lucky enough to have teach­ers and su­per­vi­sors that are in­volved on a daily ba­sis in their aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties, this is not the case when learn­ers pass ma­tric and move on to higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Many ‘univer­sity stu­dents are not sup­ported ad­e­quately to en­sure that they are able to cope with the rig­or­ous de­mands ex­pected in the higher ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ment”, says Da­mons.

“Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege prides it­self as be­ing at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ing new tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion to mon­i­tor and sup­port in­di­vid­ual stu­dent aca­demic progress, and give - real and real time per­son­alised at­ten­tion,” says Da­mons. “We be­lieve that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy sets us apart as we do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure our stu­dent’s suc­cess, to this end we have de­vel­oped and make use of a spe­cially de­signed pro-ac­tive mon­i­tor­ing and men­tor­ing ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, de­signed to sup­port learn­ing.”

Da­mons goes on to de­scribe how the sys­tem, known as MaaS (Men­tor­ing as a Ser­pre­dict vice) has in­creased not only stu­dent suc­cess rates but also the abil­ity to mon­i­tor stu­dents in­di­vid­u­ally and to ef­fec­tively as­sist them. “Keep­ing stu­dents in the sys­tem, keep­ing them ac­tive and en­gaged, and help­ing them to per­se­vere is our ul­ti­mate goal.

Get­ting qual­i­fied grad­u­ates into their in­dus­tries is the mark of Bos­ton’s suc­cess” Da­mons con­tin­ues. So how does Bos­ton achieve this?

The Bos­ton Higher Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment has de­vised an in­tri­cate sys­tem that op­er­ates in con­junc­tion with the Maas AI (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence sys­tem). What does this mean for a stu­dent? It means that you have ac­cess to as­sis­tance with your course­work.

You can get your queries an­swered by your as­signed Lec­turer, ei­ther in per­son, via email, tele­phon­i­cally or via skype.

You only progress in your course­work as you mas­ter the work that has been done. Stu­dents can get top­ics ex­plained and re-ex­plained un­til you are sat­is­fied. “The Maas sys­tem does only rely on stu­dents to ap­proach their Lec­tur­ers when they need them”, says Da­mons. “It is a proac­tive sys­tem, which means that we ac­tively mon­i­tor ev­ery stu­dent. ”

Lec­tur­ers will get an alert if an as­sign­ment has not been opened or com­pleted prior to a sched­uled due date. Ad­di­tional mech­a­nisms have been built in to the sys­tem, in­clud­ing sms and e-mail alerts that are fol­lowed up tele­phon­i­cally.

This sys­tem is very dis­tinc­tive in its abil­ity to stu­dent per­for­mance and in its abil­ity to proac­tively in­ter­vene to op­ti­mise a stu­dent’s suc­cess.

“Us­ing a sys­tem that is con­sis­tently mon­i­tor­ing stu­dents on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis means that a stu­dent is get­ting in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion at all times!” says Da­mons. “Not only does it keep stu­dents en­gaged, it keeps Lec­tur­ers con­tin­u­ally in­formed.

It’s a win-win for the whole cam­pus”. Da­mons ex­plains that us­ing the MaaS sys­tem en­ables the cam­pus to build a cul­ture of pos­i­tive ev­i­dence. “Es­sen­tially we will have a re­li­able data file on each stu­dent”, she says.

“We are then able to coun­sel the stu­dent ap­pro­pri­ately as to how to con­tinue with their stud­ies, as well as to mo­ti­vate them”.

The sys­tem uses a built in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­stant mes­sag­ing tools to cre­ate a sup­port­ive men­tor­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

In this cur­rent eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment, stu­dents and par­ents pay­ing fees need to know that they will re­ceive as­sis­tance, in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion and sup­port in their aca­demic en­deav­ours to en­sure their suc­cess.

“Bos­ton val­ues each and ev­ery stu­dent and there­fore in­vested in MaaS to show their in­vest­ment in their stu­dents!” con­cludes Da­mons.

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