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A roadmap to a 4-year degree


One of the most difficult tasks of being a college student is figuring out what classes to take and when to take them. In order to make the process a little easier, the Portland State University has created a new website with prescriptive degree maps outlining the “path,” if you will, that students need to take to graduate as quickly as possible.

“The goal,” said President Wim Wiewel, “is to enable entering students to graduate in four years, which will save them significant money and time.”

The maps empower students to make more informed decisions about their coursework. The new resource can also be used by students even before arriving on campus or when considering what university to attend.

“Academic advisors are still very important,” said Sukhwant Jhaj, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success, “but the maps will help remove the guesswork, outline the right sequence of classes for their major, provide milestones for graduation, and essentially allow students to make more informed decisions about scheduling classes.”

The website also provides career information related to the selected degree along with contact information for that major’s academic advisor.