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Release Date Friday, December 11, 2020

New App and Platform “Hardrocker Success” Aims to Improve Student Outcomes

New App and Platform “Hardrocker Success” Aims to Improve Student Outcomes


South Dakota Mines is launching a campus-wide initiative that will improve students’ academic experiences and help them successfully complete their degrees.

Hardrocker Success is a mobile app designed to help students effectively navigate their college career. Tasks such as checking class schedules and locations and connecting and meeting with faculty advisors during their available office hours will now be easily accessible. Students can also find and meet deadlines like add/drop dates and mid-term schedules. They can opt to receive notifications on their phone that will help them meet deadlines and keep their college career on track. More information is available in this video

Hardrocker Success will also transform academic advising. Faculty will now be able to access student information easily and instantly. The program will help Mines faculty better know the needs of individual advisees. It will help faculty and administrators track a student’s progress and direct students to the resources they need for success.

University leaders believe the new system will improve effective communication with individual students. The system will also track, annotate, and report progress throughout a student’s academic life. Finally, the system will help direct students to resources and assistance, such as tutoring and counseling, that will help empower them to take responsibility for their own academic experience.

Hardrocker Success is part of a program called Navigate which is a widely used student success management system created by the company EAB. The platform is being implemented in all state universities. 

Administrators believe this platform will improve student retention by providing tailored help and a personalized interactive experience. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu