Navigate Student Success System

Navigate: Students 

  • New students are introduced to Navigate at START and/or new student orientation (web and app).

Navigate: Instructors & Advisors  

All instructors have automatic access to use Navigate for student alerts and appointment scheduling for students in their courses. Instructors/Staff with assigned advisees have automatic access to advisee information. 

To get started, please refer to the "How to use Navigate" resources on the left.

Please contact Natalie Solverson ( or Jamie Schweiger ( for additional questions or assistance.

UWL Navigate Advisory Committee

Natalie Solverson, Director of Institutional Research - Navigate Lead
Jamie Schweiger, Academic Advising Center - Navigate Functional Lead 
Sandy Grunwald, Associate Vice Chancellor
Andrew Ives, Student Life Specialist
Sarah Joslyn, Coordinator for New Student and Family Programs
Ryan McKelley, Psychology Professor
Betsy Morgan, Provost
Stacy Narcotta-Welp, Director of Student Support Services
Becky Vianden, Director of Academic Advising and Career Services
Nicole Vidden, CBA Academic Services Director
Student Representative

What is Navigate? expanding section

Navigate combines technology, research, process improvement, and predictive analytics to help educational institutions improve outcomes for all students, and particularly those at risk for not reaching their goals.

It does so by improving our processes in three areas: 1) communications, 2) promoting responsible, actionable use of data and predictive analytics, and 3) streamlining workflow.


  • Improving how we communicate with our students by providing email and texting options that let us reach out to individual students and targeted groups to provide actionable information. We know that this type of proactive outreach has a direct and positive impact on student success, and the Navigate offers us the tools we need to do it consistently and well.
  • Improving how we communicate with each other about our students. With one click, you’ll be able to see the interactions your student has had with other professionals on campus and contact additional team members who can provide necessary support.

Responsible, actionable use of data and predictive analytics:

  • Identifying students at risk for not reaching their goals before problems become insurmountable, which allows us to connect students to resources they need in time to make a difference.
  • Providing data that support useful, purpose-driven conversations between students and their support network about the progress they’re making toward their degree.
  • Offering sophisticated search options that allow individual users to quickly and easily obtain actionable information about targeted groups of students that would previously have required queries to Institutional Research.

Streamlining workflow:

  • Enabling staff to spend more time providing direct student support and faculty on teaching, mentoring, and research by simplifying administrative processes (e.g., writing reports and notes, scheduling appointments, communicating with students, and preparing for meeting with students).

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) is among the other UW System comprehensive campuses employing Navigate to improve campus engagement, retention, and graduation rates. Improving our communication strategies and expanding our use of predictive analytics will help ensure that students who enroll at UWL stay enrolled, make timely progress toward a degree, and graduate with a strong sense of purpose. While each student will ultimately define what success means for them individually, as higher education professionals we have the responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that they all have the opportunity to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals.