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Austin Peay ‘Degree Compass’ gets International Acclaim

By Wes Swietek

An innovative program at Austin Peay State University is gaining international acclaim for helping students stay the course toward graduation.

The Clarksville university’s “Degree Compass” is a student success system that provides students with personalized course recommendations based on their academic records.

Degree Compass was launched in the Spring of 2011. All of the approximately 10,500 Austin Peay students have access to this tool through the university’s online portal (AP OneStop) or via the Peay Mobile mobile app, according to Bill Persinger, executive director for Public Relations and Marketing.

The Degree Compass program became the centerpiece last summer for a $1 million Complete College America grant Tennessee won with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Degree Compass is now being implemented at the University of Memphis, Nashville State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College as part of the grant.

Last May, APSU also received global recognition by winning a Learning Impact 2012 bronze award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium in Toronto, Canada.

APSU was among 26 finalists invited from around the world to participate in the event, and APSU was the only American university to receive an award designation at the conference.

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