Without access to accurate and timely information, students may accidentally take courses that do not count toward their program, unknowingly delay their path to graduation, or discover too late that credits from one institution don’t transfer to another institution. Inadvertently investing more time and money than is needed increases a student’s chances of leaving college without a credential but with debt that must be paid back.
At the same time, advisors at colleges and universities are passionately committed to student success, but many are assigned large numbers of students and may spend much of their time managing tasks—such as enrollment for classes—that would be much easier with the help of technology.
Technology-enabled advising tools such as Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) enable students to see how their decisions may affect their academic trajectory so they can make more informed choices and stay on track to reach graduation. These tools can also issue early alerts to let students, faculty, and advisors know when a student is in danger of failing a course or dropping out altogether. Technology-enabled advising allows educators and advisors to handle day-to-day tasks more efficiently so they can devote more of their time and resources to working with students to identify and overcome possible barriers to achieving their educational goals.