On-time graduation is important, but it is relative. For many college students, “on time” means four years to complete their degree. However, other students (a growing majority in this country) need five or even six years to graduate. There are many factors that can affect your student’s possible need for extra time. You and your student should decide together, what makes sense for him.
Three important tools for keeping track
One of the keys to graduating in whatever time-frame your student has planned is keeping track of his progress. Unfortunately, many students randomly take courses, or blindly accept the advice of others, without any understanding of why they are taking certain courses or what they need to do to complete their degree. Your student should listen to the advice he receives, but should be able to weigh it based on his own understanding of requirements.
So how does your student find out what he needs to do? There are three tools available at most colleges that can help him. Your student should learn early in his college career what is available and consult these tools often.