What Is GPS?
GPS or Guided Pathways to Success is a completely restructured way of approaching higher education. It leads students to making more informed and deliberate decisions about their future. It also guides them toward graduation and away from spending time, money, and credit hours on courses that do not count toward their graduation requirements.
Understand why should you implement GPS. The majority of college students don't graduate on time (or at all!). This is because students are often taking too many credit hours and spending extra semesters.
According to Complete College America, students across all levels of higher education are taking an excess of anywhere from 10 to 20 credits before graduating.
Act on this problem by implementing GPS strategies on your campus. Provide students with a clear purpose - a Meta Major, academic maps which guide them through every credit they need, default pathways and registration, and proactive advising.
Face the Facts
Throughout the country, colleges and universities struggle to keep students on track toward graduation. Often, students waste time, money and credit hours on courses that don't relate to their degree, ultimately leading them not to graduate at all. Complete College America has established one of its newest game changers called Guided Pathways to Success (GPS). This is a system where every student is given a clear path to complete their program of study and move directly into the job market or a baccalaureate program. The system operates on this simple notion: when students are given a clear path toward their degree, they are more likely to complete their degree.
The University of Houston has an excellent example of an institutional progress checklist here.