Fresno State is one of 24 institutions from across the country chosen for an EDUCAUSE award to strengthen student success. The awards will help universities launch Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) technology.

Fresno State is the only university in California selected and will receive a grant of $207,840. Created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the initiative will help two- and four-year higher education institutions launch comprehensive iPASS technologies by 2018.

Fresno State is implementing technology solutions to create student-friendly road maps to success in the six largest majors.

“The new technology will help students with better education planning, will connect counselors with students to create personalized action plans for success and will help advisers support students with timely interventions,” said Fresno State Provost Lynnette Zelezny, who is leading the University’s roll-out of iPASS.

EDUCAUSE President and CEO John O’Brien said the iPASS system can be “a student success game-changer.” iPASS has the potential to spur change at the institutional level and to alter how students experience college, thereby improving the likelihood that they will remain engaged and achieve learning goals, according to the organization.

EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association, is a community of information technology leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. EDUCAUSE programs and services are focused on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development and knowledge creation.

For more information, contact Gil Harootunian, Fresno State director of University initiatives, at 559.278.4850 or