Graduation checklists and planners have been a part of the higher education landscape and a student resource for decades. “Should I take these courses?” “Do I have the prerequisites?” “Am I on track for graduation?” Check. Check. Check.

Institutions today know that checklists no longer make the grade. All of them are looking for tools to get more information in the hands of advisors and students in timely ways. The goal is to improve retention and learning outcomes by empowering students with greater insight for achieving their academic and careers goals. In the hands of advisors, such a tool would improve advisement sessions and increase graduation rates.

In their seminal book, Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, authors Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins introduced the concept of the Guided Pathways Model*. Now part of the lexicon in higher education, the model is an attempt to address the challenges in advising students, many of whom lack a clear understanding of program requirements and goals and the optimal path to achieving them.

Enter Campus Management’s Degree Pathways Tool. Designed to supplement the graduation checklist and combine a degree planner with data that can drive employment outcomes, the tool enables students to see how they get from the beginning to the end of their programs.

The pathway is adjustable course by course and highlights the impact of course placements on their graduation dates, skills achieved, and the cost of their programs. They click, drag, and drop their courses to create unique pathways to success and see visible progress towards their goals.


The Degree Pathways Tool also enables advisors to gain insight into student course decisions and patterns. “I expected students to take this course in their third semester but they consistently take it in their fourth or fifth semester. Why is that?”

With the Degree Pathways Tool, institutions gain an incredible amount of data on student decisions that can be seeded into scheduling and program design decisions.


Future releases of the tool will also provide insight into program health and placement effectiveness by linking directly to Campus Management’s Occupation Insight tool, which provides the latest data on workforce development needs.


Campus Management delivers the Degree Pathways Tool as part of its Student Information System, CampusNexus® Student. This Microsoft-based platform, deployed on-site or in the Azure Cloud, offers institutions additional predictive analytic tools for providing students and their advisors greater insight into the best paths to academic and career success.

*Reassessing a Redesign of Community Colleges