Collaborative Degree Design

Improving student success is a challenge faced by many colleges and universities across the country and commands innovative solutions. Portland State University (PSU) embraced this challenge and deployed a comprehensive approach to tackling the issues. Leveraging a collaborative design methodology, PSU invested in community engagement sessions, student surveys, one-on-one interviews, best practices research, and internal PSU data to identify key pain points in the students’ journey. PSU is now implementing a portfolio of initiatives to improve student services with the focus of enhancing the student experience and fostering student success.

PSU has forged an innovative public-private partnership with Barnes & Noble Education to co-develop an interactive degree planner. LoudCloud, a division of Barnes & Noble Education, builds software focused on three pillars of student success: Affordability, Awareness, and Achievement. Through this partnership, they have formed a team of specialists embedded at PSU to go from discovery to development to delivery of the solution.

The partners will share their findings and debut their emerging vision for degree planning including:

  • How Portland State University (PSU) has applied collaborative design to improve student success.
  • The keys to productive partnerships to transform insights into actual solutions for higher ed.
  • Improving degree planning for students and advisors with interactivity and data integration.

Join us on Thursday, March 15, at 11:00 AM MT for a free WCET Webcast. Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast.

This webcast is provided free and open to all. The webcast will run for 60 minutes and take place via GoToWebinar.

The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.

Thursday, March 15: 8:00 AM HAST/ 9:00 AM AKDT/ 10:00 AM PDT and MST/ 11:00 AM MDT/ 12:00 PM CDT/1:00 PM EDT


Hans VanDerSchaafHans VanDerSchaaf
Director, Projects; Office of Student Success
Portland State University



Sebastien Trolez Sébastien Trolez
Director, Products for Student Success
BNED LoudCloud