Team # 94 -- Comprehensive Academic Advising and Information System Team (CAAIS)

March 1994


To provide a nationally recognized, expert-based empirically grounded advising system that is delivered by the latest technologies to supplement student/advisor relationships and to engage students in interaction inquiry of informed educational planning.

Team Membership

  • John Cahir, Sponsor
  • John Romano, Sponsor
  • Gary Hile, Leader
  • Ross Brode, Member
  • Diane Greenfield, Member
  • Ruth Hussey, Member
  • Anne Kepler, Member
  • Michael Leonard, Member
  • James Levin, Member
  • Steve Littell, Member
  • Scott Smith, Member
  • Susan Winck, Member

Results Achieved to Date

  • Developed interactive advising & info system
  • System will service approx. 80,000-100,000 clients
  • System is easy to use, ensures security of info, provides accurate info, promotes interaction
  • Student/advisor educational planning is supplemented
  • More than two million on-line interactions have been recorded since CAAIS was booted up in 1997. This number dwarfs anything that would be possible without this computerized system.
    For example, before CAAIS, advisors in Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies would see from 250-300 students who wanted to late drop a class at the end of the semester. This fall only 108 students were seen, allowing advisors to devote more of their time to mentoring students. CAAIS is also cost effective: university wide, cost savings in staff time are approximately $1,000,000 based on the number and type of on-line interactions to date.




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