The Graduation Success Initiative (GSI) is an extensive, university-wide set of innovations dedicated to helping FIU's undergraduate students to succeed academically.
The key ideas behind the GSI are simple:
Help students to find their academic home as early as possible--their appropriate major, a major that matches their interests, abilities, and goals.
Provide students with a clear path to success--timely graduation in their appropriate major.
Give students immediate feedback and support if they get off their path to success.
Remove barriers and add supports for students as they progress on their path to success.
Reach out to students proactively with guidance and not wait for them to contact us.
The GSI includes a suite of technological tools which helps students and advisors stay connected and know where the students are going, how to get there, and whether or not the students are on the right track:
MyMajor — A searchable database of information on all FIU undergraduate majors which includes Major Maps (semester by semester paths to on-time graduation)
MyMajorMatch — An on-line occupational interest inventory that links the student's occupational interests to FIU majors
My_eAdvisor — An automated tracking tool that provides students and advisors with immediate semester-by-semester feedback regarding the students' progression on their Major Maps
PDA—Panther Degree Audit — Includes many useful tools for students and advisors, such as assessing what is left to graduate, planning how to get there, and registering for specific courses.
The GSI is not just high tech; it is also high touch. A significant number of academic advisors are being hired each year to achieve the 300:1 advisor-to-student ratio that defines best practice nationally.
Advising is teaching, and in that spirit, professional advisors serve an important role in meeting FIU's educational mission. Advisors help students choose the right courses in line with their major, expose students to learning and engagement opportunities, and ensure that students stay on track and graduate on time. The advising process itself helps students gain essential critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Please explore the GSI website to learn more about this important and exciting initiative.