The Los Rios Community College District utilizes shared software tools to assist with Guided Pathways and other efforts.
Ad Astra is a proprietary software that integrates with PeopleSoft. Two specific modules are utilized:
- Platinum Analytics - Creates analytical reports, based on data from PeopleSoft and HighPoint Degree Planner, to help the college make informed and strategic decisions regarding what classes to offer while taking into account student demand to optimize schedule development.
- Astra Schedule - A room scheduler function for instructional use and campus events to best utilize our physical space resources.
HighPoint Degree Planner is a proprietary software tool that works with PeopleSoft and eServices to allow students and their counselors to intuitively plan out the series of courses by semester that a student will need to reach their educational goal and/or complete their degree/certificate program. The Degree Planner will utilize information from the program maps as well as the instructional 2 Year Plans, resulting in data that may then be used to determine demand for courses and programs to assist the college in optimizing schedule development.
Maxient is a proprietary software tool that will be used for district-wide secure case management of issues related to student conduct and Title IX.
Implementation is slated for Fall 2019.
Los Rios uses SOCRATES (System for Online Curriculum Review and Technical Education Support), a home-grown curriculum management software program, for the online development and maintenance of courses and programs. SOCRATES information is exported for use on the college websites (under Programs and Majors) as well as in the printed college catalog (see Catalog Archive).
Starfish is proprietary software that integrates with PeopleSoft and Canvas. Two modules will be utilized:
- Connections - Starfish will serve as a case management tool to connect students with a specific counselor and keep track of these touchpoints. This tool will also request grade checks for students, as needed.
- Early Alert - Faculty members will be able to request early intervention for students in need that will connect the identified student with applicable on-campus services and resources. Early Alert will also allow faculty members to proactively give students positive affirmations and kudos to bolster their success.
FLC's Career & Transfer Center is using PathwayU, an education to career guidance platform that provides scientific insight into student interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences, allowing students to make informed decisions by identifying meaningful education and career paths which fit their unique set of characteristics and preferences.
In addition, the Los Rios Work Experience & Internship Program is now using Handshake as an online career search platform to connect Los Rios students with job opportunities and internships. (Note: This has replaced Jumpstart by Purple Briefcase.)