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Colleges Give Drifting Students Maps to Help Them Find Their Way to Graduation

“I feel like he’s walking me through it,” said (Laura) Ponce, who is 19 and in her second year of community college.

That’s the idea behind a concept being pioneered at institutions such as Malcolm X, part of the City Colleges of Chicago: helping students map out the paths to their degrees and the careers they want.

It’s a dumbfoundingly simple solution to a problem that derails countless students who take courses they don’t need and flounder through college, wasting time and money and never graduating — or, if they do, failing to rack up the necessary prerequisites go on to further educations, forcing them to take more courses at an even greater cost of time and money to themselves, their families, and taxpayers who subsidize public higher education.