Everyone from government agencies to mainstream press are looking for improvements in areas that typically fall under the umbrella of “student success.
BiographyChief Innovation Officer at PAR Framework, Russ Little is a recognized subject matter expert in the use of technology to address student success, retention and completion challenges, and most specifically on Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) and Learner Analytics. Russ is a frequent speaker and presenter on the topics at national conferences and events including Educause, Complete College America, and the League for Innovation. An experienced Higher Education leader with a Masters in Information Systems, and Project Management Certification. Specialties: IPAS, Learner Analytics, Innovation, Strategic Planning, Software Development, Project Direction, Operations Management, Student Success, Retention, Student Completion, Curriculum Management, Process Improvement, Product Development, Technology Russ holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Wright State University and a Bachelors Degree in Management from Antioch University McGregor. He is a certified project manager with more than 20 years experience as a HE IT professional. He frequently presents on technical and higher education topics including IPAS, Analytics, Student Success, Retention, and Curriculum Development. Throughout his career, Russ has managed the development of numerous key projects that have been honored with national accolades and awards including the Student Success Plan and Curriculum Management Tool developed at Sinclair Community College. As an additional testament to the quality of his projects, Russ has been recognized three times as a key member for the "Innovation of the Year" award and he has received the Student Services Award of Excellence. Several software projects under his lead have been adopted by other colleges including the now Open Source, Student Success Plan.
My Academic Plan (MAP) — the latest tool in Sinclair Community College's Student Success Plan software suite — gives students a clear, individualized, and coherent pathway to complete their academic goals.
Faced with student retention and college completion challenges, Sinclair Community College began a years-long plan to improve both.