Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the George Mason University School of Management’s Plan for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) website received a much-needed upgrade before the 2012 fall semester.
“We would not have been able to do this upgrade without the help and support of Walmart,” said Barbara Moorman, academic advisor in the School of Management’s Office of Academic and Career Services. “We’re excited to launch the new PACE program to current and prospective students this fall.”
PACE is designed to keep the school’s students on track with academic and career goals. The program has been in place since 2005, but needed a technology overahaul to better serve students. The grant assisted with upgrades that allow for more interactivity, including the ability for students to view their individual progress toward goals, use interactive checklists, and post accomplished goals to their social media pages.
While the PACE website was being upgraded, the School of Management’s academic and career advisors took the opportunity to evaluate how content was being delivered. Understanding that today’s students prefer multimedia rather than large blocks of text, staff added more video and audio presentations.
Many of the school’s students are first-generation college attendees, and the program is designed to serve their needs and answer questions about progressing through academia. Moorman says the upgraded system focuses on getting students involved as underclassmen, encouraging them to select a major and to explore the school’s resources. As they progress, students are urged to consider studying abroad, seek out internships, and prepare for graduation. The program culminates with their degree and becoming involved with the alumni association.
Check out the new PACE site at pace.gmu.edu.