Student Navigators

The Academic Success Student Navigator is dedicated to the mission of providing high quality, student-to-student interactions focused on early student engagement while increasing student motivation for excellence at KU. Student Navigators engage directly with students and act as a referral agent to other units and departments as needed. The goal of the position is to ensure students have an advocate and accountability partner to increase student completion within introduction coursework at KU.
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Word Cloud Created by Student Navigators Describing Student Navigator Role

The Academic Success Student Navigator plays a critical role in student success by assisting students while using student academic case management features through KU’s early alert system, Jayhawk GPS. Through peer-level student outreach, Student Navigators work to create connection and guide students in developing fundamental student skills that will benefit students beyond the current semester. This individual student engagement focuses on helping students overcome personal and academic barriers. Intentional efforts in student referrals to success resources will help in reaching KU's overall academic success goals.

Student Navigators are trained on KU policies, FERPA, case management, and various technologies which allow them to refer students to the breadth of support systems available at KU.  Student Navigators are expected to be highly engaged in Jayhawk GPS where they document student outreach, (e.g., texts, emails, phone conversations, references to voice messages, SCRT tickets opened, etc.)  

Fall 2021 (Pilot)

  • 3 student hourly employees
  • Progress Reports (ACCT 200, BIOL 100, MATH 002/101, UNIV 101)

Spring 2022 (Pilot)

  • Expanded training
  • 5 student hourly employees
  • Progress Reports (ACCT 200, BIOL 100, MATH 002/101, UNIV 101)

Fall 2022

  • Expanded training and team building
  • 8 student hourly employees
  • Progress Reports (ACCT 200, BIOL 100, MATH 002/101/104/115/125, UNIV 101)