Wayne State University introduces Guide app to help incoming students succeed
Wayne State University is offering students an innovative way to stay on track as they work toward graduation — from their phones. The new Guide mobile app will be introduced to incoming Warriors during orientation sessions, the first of which was May 13, making Wayne State the first university in Michigan to offer this exciting, student-centered technology.
“College is very different from high school, and sometimes incoming students become overwhelmed,” said Monica Brockmeyer, Associate Provost for Academic Success, “We want to ease that transition and make them feel welcome. Using Guide will allow us to communicate and connect with students in a platform that’s really comfortable for them.”
Guide, which was brought to campus as a student success initiative led by the Office of the Provost, will provide students with ongoing, responsive guidance via push notifications and alerts.
Brandy Banks, Associate Director in the Dean of Students Office is the project lead for the app. According to Brockmeyer, Banks’ leadership in guiding the launch has been a model of collaboration across WSU to better assist students and remove barriers to their success.
The app will help empower students to stay on track and connect with campus resources as they register for classes, meet with advisors, navigate financial aid and more. Guide will also provide alerts if a student is struggling in a class or misses an important deadline.
“Guide will take a proactive approach in demystifying a lot of the basics associated with starting college and it will help us recognize and address potential roadblocks a student might face early on,” Brockmeyer said. “This allows students to spend more time discussing open-ended things like their goals, career plans, and overall campus experience with our talented advising staff.”
The app will also provide reminders about key WSU deadlines, tips and tutorials for college success, information about campus events and engagement opportunities, and more.
While Guide will be available first to incoming freshmen, plans are in place to expand its reach with content designed specifically for returning students, transfer students, international students and veterans. The app, developed by the Education Advisory Board, joins an array of other digital resources available to students, including the Wayne State Mobile app.
“The goal of everything we do is to help our students succeed and graduate,” Brockmeyer said. “We want to communicate to each of them that they belong here at Wayne State.”