- Virginia Tech has partnered with the Education Advisory Board (EAB) to utilize Navigate, a platform that combines predictive analytics and communication tools for academic advising and tutoring. The goal for this partnership is to ultimately (assist administrators in identifying where resources will make the most impact) improve retention and graduation rates by identifying areas of additional support needed for students to complete their degrees and suggest roadmaps to a degree based on their academic strengths and past successes.
At the core of the initiative is an innovative software platform representing a data-driven paradigm shift in how advisors:
- Identify and prioritize students needing extra support in critical foundational coursework
- Engage in conversations with students who may have greater success outside their chosen major
- Simplify intervention by aggregating previously disparate data into a 360-view of student health
- Evaluate and compare alternative major decisions based on predicted academic performance
- Proactively contact students to arrange advising or other student support services
Naigate is not intended to add complexity to your advising. Instead, it is intended to guide the prioritization of outreach to and interaction with your students. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary resources to successfully utilize the Navigate platform.
If you are not currently utilizing the Navigate platform, but are interested in doing so, please let us know. In addition, if you have any questions regarding implementation, best practices, or are not sure if the platform would benefit you in your current role at Virginia Tech, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Virginia Tech is excited to offer online appointment scheduling with your undergraduate academic advisor(s) through Navigate.
The academic advising you receive at Virginia Tech is provided by faculty and staff to help you navigate course planning, academic policies, and other important decisions about your undergraduate collegiate experience.
Login to Navigate.
View a brief tutorial for scheduling academic advising appointments.
Please note: If you are looking to explore a new major or meet with an advisor not listed on your Navigate account, please contact the appropriate department or advising office.
If you have additional questions about Navigate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Office of the University Registrar (Student Services Building, Suite 250).
Advisor FAQ’s and Resources
Q: How do I get access to the Navigate Platform for myself or others in my office?
A: Please email email@example.com or call the Office of the University Registrar at 540-231-6252.
Q: How do I log in to the Navigate platform?
A: Login to Navigate. Navigate uses the CAS login system, so be sure to use your PID and password.
Q: How often is the data in Navigate updated?
A: Data in Navigate is pulled from Virginia Tech’s Data Warehouse nightly. Any changes made to a student’s record in Banner will be reflected in Navigate the following day.
Q: What does a student have access to in the tool? Will they be able to see everything that I can?
A: No, the student view is limited. Students only have access to schedule appointments.
Q: Are student notes subject to FERPA?
A: Yes, student notes in Navigate are part of a student’s educational record and subject to FERPA. Visit FERPA for more information.
Q: How are student success markers determined? How is a student’s overall level of support determined?
A: Student success markers are determined by each college and department. If you are interested in reviewing or reevaluating these success markers, please see your department head or Associate Dean.
A student’s level of support is a qualitative measure determined by EAB’s predictive model, which incorporates over 20 data points on a student’s record, including but not limited to: attempted/completed credits, cumulative/term GPA, high school factors (school size, GPA, ACT/SAT scores), and demographic information. Based on the EAB algorithm, a student will then be classified as needing low, moderate, or high support. This information is only available to professional staff; a student does not have access to their own support level.
Q: Who or what determines how much access to data I have in the tool?
A: Navigate identifies different “roles” within the tool, which depend on your job responsibilities. If you are interested in how these roles are determined, please contact the Office of the University Registrar.
Q: Are trainings available?
A: Yes, there are various scheduled trainings throughout the year facilitated by our advising ambassadors. Additionally, there are a variety of resources and guides on the site for users to review. The Navigate Help Center is also a great resource for tips and tutorials – just click on the “?” in the top right corner when you’re logged into the platform.
Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions about the tool?
A: Contact the Navigate Team at EABhelp@vt.edu.