Students can walk the ‘Buc Path’ to success at ETSU

Buc Path sign graphic

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University has created a new tool to help students travel from their senior year of high school to crossing the stage at college graduation.  This tool – the Buc Path – is a visual guide to the college experience at ETSU.

Modeled upon the Blueprint for Student Success from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., the Buc Path has its own unique set of timelines to help students stay on track to graduation.  It was created with the support of funding from the university’s INtopFORM program.

The Buc Path is designed to appeal to visual learners.  It is Web-based and contains links to appropriate sources of information, making task completion easier. 

Signs for both academic and student engagement activities are posted along each year of the Buc Path.  The activity categories of goals, support and involvement are signified by pale blue diamonds, navy circles and yellow squares, respectively.   Students following the Buc Path can more easily know when key academic requirements are due and when they should get advisement or other forms of support.  They will also be reminded to plan for the out-of-class experiences that can be an enriching part of collegiate life.

ETSU students were highly involved in the development of the Buc Path, including its naming and appearance.  Numerous staff and faculty participated in the selection of items to be included on the Buc Path and in the placement of goal, event and support items along each year’s timeline. 

Because the Buc Path is online, it can be updated easily as changes occur on campus.

High school seniors and their counselors are encouraged to use the Buc Path as one of the tools for completing the steps for application to ETSU, and parents of ETSU students can use it to help check in with their children and encourage them to stay on track, both academically and experientially.

“Earning a university degree is a life-changing achievement, and the years spent in pursuit of this goal can be a defining period in a person’s life,” said Dr. Joe Sherlin, ETSU vice president for Student Affairs.  “ETSU is committed to helping students move down the path to graduation successfully, and the Buc Path provides a guide that breaks down the long-term goal of graduation into a series of achievable steps during each year of the college experience.  We think of the Buc Path as a helpful resource on the road to graduation.”

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For more information on the Buc Path and its development, contact Dr. Carla Warner, director of Adult, Commuter and Transfer Services, at .  For more information on ETSU’s INtopFORM program, email Dr. Amy D. Johnson, director of ETSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, at .
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