Department of Residence Launches MAP-Works to Help Freshmen with Transition

AMES, Iowa – Each year, thousands of students come to Iowa State and make the adjustment from high school to college life. Students have to learn how to make new friends and manage busy schedules. It’s an adjustment for everyone. As of today, students have an opportunity to gain some support in their time of transition as the Department of Residence launched its MAP-Works program.

Utilized by over 85% of on-campus, first-year first-time freshmen, MAP-Works is an online tool designed to help students make a positive transition to life at ISU. The quick 20-minute assessment helps students assess their preparedness for college by pointing out areas where students may succeed or struggle at the collegiate level. The program’s results provide students with instant feedback connecting them to academic, emotional, and social resources throughout campus. But the success of the program hinges on students taking advantage of their results and speaking to a CA, hall director, or advisor to identify strategies that allow them to meet their expectations and be more successful in college.

MAP-Works is just one of the many resources provided by the Department of Residence for students during their time on campus. It is the department’s goal to provide a community that supports students’ learning and development. Students who participated in the MAP-Works assessment during Fall 2011 recorded final GPAs .3 of a grade point higher than those who did not complete the assessment.

To take the MAP-Works assessment, students can log on to AccessPlus and click the ‘MAP-Works’ link in the Student tab.