New Student App Aims to Improve Communication, Engagement
By Christina L. Cardenas
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Office of Academic Programs
With seamless connection to campus resources, easy access to appointments, notifications of important dates and deadlines and so much more, the Navigate Student app is the latest tool Cal State Fullerton is offering students to help them build their foundation for success.
Navigate Student, available for iPhone and Android, contains a variety of features that are tailored to each individual student, including to-do and event lists, an appointment scheduler, a list of campus resources, active holds, class schedule and major information.
Navigate Student was made available to all students during orientation this summer and has been downloaded by more than 4,000 first-time freshmen and transfer students so far, said Dr. Elizabeth Boretz, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and director of the Academic Advisement Center.
“We are excited to see that several thousand students have downloaded this app,” Boretz said. “This holds potential to improve communications with students, which can elevate their engagement with campus services in general.”
After students download the app, they are prompted to take an intake survey, which assists in tailoring the app to an individual student’s needs. Working with Student Life and Leadership, Student Services in the Division of Information Technology and colleges, Boretz has been working to upload important information into the app and anticipates in the coming weeks more campus partners to do the same.
Key features of the app include:
To-Dos: Upcoming to-dos and events, so students can track important deadlines.
Appointments: Easy connection to help when students need it.
Study Buddies: Connecting with students enrolled in the same courses.
Resources: A listing of campus resources in the areas of academic support, campus services, career planning, finance, health and wellness, and things to do.
Holds: Any holds students may have preventing them from registration.
Class Schedule: A calendar of courses a student us taking during the semester, which can be synced to a student’s native calendar.
My Major: Students are asked a series of questions that are designed to align with majors and corresponding careers. The app then uses federal data to show the hiring demand and salary ranges for those careers.
Boretz said the My Major function has been the most popular feature and anticipates the Study Buddies feature – which is already being used by nearly 1,000 students – to be especially useful during distance learning.
“This is a safe method for students to connect with peers in their classes,” Boretz said. “During our virtual fall semester, this may be a way that students can connect academically, and then build on those social connections when they come to campus physically.”
Other components that will benefit the students, Boretz said, are the calendar reminders, to help them stay ahead of the academic advising rush when spring registration opens, and other important deadlines.