GRADGURU: YOUR PERSONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVISOR IN YOUR POCKET
Launched in 2013, in San Francisco, CA, GradGears' mission is to increase completion rates among community college students and accelerate their path to completion. We build products that reduce drop- out rates and accelerate students' academic success. Our first product –GradGuru is a smartphone application that proactively delivers campus-specific deadlines, evidence-based tips, and tools to students' phones to help students make the best decisions possible, and help them finish community college faster. Students are calling GradGuru a "counselor in your pocket."
GradGuru is a software service and mobile application that guides and motivates enrolled community college students to take actions and engage in behaviors that have been proven to lead to higher and faster completion rates. We help students keep track of deadlines; better understand the milestones they need to hit; learn what behaviors lead to academic success; take advantage of existing student support and financial aid resources; and importantly, share these lessons with one another.
GradGuru uses information provided by the student that, when combined with research from hundreds of studies on completion and with data from the college (e.g., academic and financial aid deadlines), delivers personalized messages about key milestones, tips on "best practices," and tools and resources to guide students toward the best course of action at key decision points. GradGuru delivers this service in a framework that resonates with each student's particular intrinsic motivators for completing community college. We make navigating school less confusing, and more motivating and inspiring.