Personalized factors are those factors that affect risk or success that do not usually come in from other campus systems. They are also factors that may not be very common or measurable to include in the institution’s retention model. Often these are at the staff member’s discretion to identify.
Each school can set up their own list of factors that users can choose from (via a dropdown menu). Pre-existing categories from which personalized factors can be selected or created include: Campus Involvement, Academic, Financial, Personal, Family, Social and Character Traits/Non-Cognitive Variables. For example, if a student receives a scholarship or academic award that the counselor becomes aware of, the counselor can enter it here. If an advisor discovers through a one-on-one session with the student that they are having family difficulties, this can be entered as a personalized factor.
Personalized factors will be displayed on the student’s record and are identified as being either a Risk or Success. These factors can also be flagged as important.