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Student Success Plan at Sinclair Community College

Student Success Plan is a suite of software tools and features providing quick and easy access to student success resources. The tools and features are used by counselors, faculty, and students who collaborate to ensure students are meeting their academic goals. The software tools are designed for a wide range of student populations, including at-risk students, high school students, distance learning students, and students with disabilities. The software is written in a standards-based, commonly-available development language.  Schools with adequate technology support can modify the software themselves, or schools can choose to engage a growing number of knowledgeable third-party vendors to custom tweak the software.

Vital Source

The VitalSource Bookshelf is the most used eTextbook delivery platform in education. Bookshelf users can access content from more than 500 of the world’s top academic publishers whenever and wherever they choose — laptop, desktop or mobile device — and can download content directly or access it via browser. VitalSource delivers digital content to more than 3.25 million users on 6,000 campuses in 200 countries. “Almost 80 percent of the learning materials provided to our undergraduate students are delivered by VitalSource,” said Brooke Harrison, senior manager of strategic implementation at Kaplan University. “The data provided by VitalSource on usage opens up a wide new arena on correlations between book usage and assignment grades, course outcomes, overall grade itself – and more exciting data is coming.  This is a brand new area for education materials, as this was never possible on a mass scale with physical textbooks.”


WebAssign is a provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students. Instructors create assignments online within WebAssign and electronically transmit them to their class. Students enter their answers online, and WebAssign automatically grades the assignment and gives students instant feedback on their performance. Much more than just a homework grading system, WebAssign delivers secure online testing, customizable pre-coded questions from a wide range of math and science textbooks, and customer service that has drawn praise from many corners of higher education. WebAssign, most importantly, was designed by educators for educators. Real-time assessments of student performance, customizable assignments, and secure testing environments has made WebAssign a popular tool in colleges and universities.