Link-Systems International Launches a Tutor Referral Product Aimed at Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates
Link-Systems International announced today the launch of Refer-Tutor-Report (RTR), a highly-focused online learning management application that has been expressly designed to help higher-ed institutions increase the retention and graduation rates of at-risk students.
The result of a two-year R & D process, RTR adds a powerful new dimension to LSI’s award-winning tutoring service: NetTutor. It also enhances the ability of schools using LSI’s collaborative online whiteboard, WorldWideWhiteboard, to overcome what recent research has shown to be the major shortcomings of “early-alert” tutoring systems in general.
“One of the first things we discovered when we first began working on RTR two years ago,” says Vincent Forese, the president of LSI, “is that many schools have early alert systems, but these systems do not take into account what needs to happen once the referral has been made. As a result, there are breakdowns in the overall process that prevent instructors, administrators, tutors, and students from receiving the information they need in order take advantage of these early alerts. So what we were determined to do from the start was to develop a technology solution whose basic purpose might best be described as ‘connecting the dots.’”
Chief among the benefits that set RTR apart from other tutor-referral systems are:
· Instructors are able to do more than simply refer students to tutoring; they can specify the areas in which a student needs help. They can also keep tabs on student progress throughout the tutoring process.
· Students can act upon the referral (and receive confirmation) in far less time and with far less effort than has traditionally been required—and, as a result, are more likely to get the help they need.
· Tutors can be much more effective in the tutoring sessions than they would in a typical “walk-in” situation because they have access to the details of the recommendation.
· Administrators can gather in a matter of seconds whatever student-by-student history information they may need in order to meet compliance and reimbursement requirements.
“RTR is by no means a ‘silver bullet,’” says Forese. “Like any technology-enhanced product, it’s simply a tool whose ultimate value depends on how it’s used. But what I can say without any hesitation is that we went to great lengths during the developmental process to ensure that schools would be able to put RTR to productive use without having to make a major investment in either money, training, or installation time, and without having to concern themselves with reliability and security.”
About Link-Systems International, Inc. Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI) is a market leading education technology company whose innovative, evidence-based solutions have been improving learning outcomes for higher-ed and K-12 students since 1996. LSI’s offerings include its award-winning online tutoring-collaboration platforms NetTutor® and WorldWideWhiteboard®. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, LSI was named to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America.