Achievements was developed by a Ball State team led by Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, who said the app was successful in its first year by engaging about 400 Pell Grants recipients.
“Early research shows that users earned more credit hours in this past academic year and had higher grade point averages than nonusers,” she said. “One thing we know to be certain: Students look at their phone countless times a day. This app puts campus resources at their fingertips, and we have incentivized students to take advantage of important resources.”
Areas across campus offer Achievements — or activities — for students to complete. Participants include University College, Recreation Services, Student Life, Multicultural Center, Late Nite and Career Center.
Bales said Pell recipients from 2013-14 may continue using Achievements next year and the university plans to launch the next round of recruitment of Pell freshmen and sophomores in the fall.