Decoding the courses a college student must complete to graduate is challenging. In addition to university requirements, each program has its own course plan that students need to navigate and track. With student debt at an all-time high, taking the right courses in the right order can be what saves a student from spending an extra semester or even an extra full year in college. With the average cost of 1-year of tuition at a state school for an in-state resident being close to $10,000, the mistake of not taking the right courses can be very costly.
Being an Assistant Professor at Temple University, Tyler School of Art and Architecture I see this first hand. Students often want to take control of their studies and plan out their years in school, but the current digital tracking systems are archaic. Our advisors do an amazing job helping our students navigate this, but often the students lack follow through when it comes to following the advising plan. While working with my colleagues on updating our program’s curriculum I also took a dive into creating an app for students to navigate our new curriculum.