The Graduate Student Progress Tracking System

This isn't just about tracking  grad student progress..

Prograds is about BETTER progress.

Keep on track. Better communication.
Better supervision. Less stress.

Don't keep this from your students; they need it!

Student Progress Page (click to expand)

I built Prograds after 20 years of supervising grad students. I got frustrated with the inefficiencies in department record-keeping, poor communication with students, and even worse communication with my colleagues about grad student progress.

I always thought our students could progress better if we had a single source of up-to-date information about each student, available anytime, anywhere to all of the key people. Oh, and email reminders for milestones coming up! 

There wasn't any app out there, so a faculty member had to build it!

- Fred Cutler, political Science, University of British Columbia

It's 2022. 

Are we really still tracking grad students with spreadsheets, emails, and annual forms?

Granted, universities aren't the most with-it when it comes to productivity tools, but this is embarrassing.

Administrators and faculty should be able to pull up a dashboard to see where students are in the program:

  • what at they're working on, 
  • what milestones are due or overdue,
  • what courses they're taking,
  • what financial package they have,
  • whether they've taken their exams,
  • and who's on the committee

Shouldn't everyone just get email reminders when milestones, requirements, funding, and reference letters are due?

Prograds makes life easier for students, faculty & administrators

Faculty Dashboard

For Faculty Members

A dashboard of all your students with their latest milestones and what they're working on currently. Plus a feed of all your students' events.

One central record for each student. You don't have to ask the student or administrators for the information you need to help the student progress..

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For the Department

Easy access to all the things you currently keep track of unreliably on spreadsheets and buried in emails.  Set reminders for faculty and students. One click to find students about to miss milestone deadlines. Roll-up of TA assignments and financial support. 

This is a big part of the work of the department. You need a cloud application that's built for how departments manage grad student progress, not just for the formal record-keeping required by the Graduate School.

For Students

Rest easy that your supervisor and committee know what you're up to. They'll get reminders when deadlines are coming up -- and so will you. When you meet with them, they'll have your Student Page up so you start without a long update.

Plus, you won't have to co-ordinate multiple emails from members of your committee and integrate the latest comments from files with titles like "JY Diss Chap 4 MR comments Feb 4".  When you have a draft ready, you paste in the cloud link and your committee gets a notification automatically. 

Say goodbye to those befuddled emails from your committee about whether you're TA-ing, when you're coming back from field work, what lab you're a member of, whether you have financial support for next year, and so on.  They can find out easily all by themselves!

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A video tour from the Prograds founder

Prograds has just been released.  Almost no-one knows about it, except you.  It'd be so nice if you'd share this page with faculty and grad students at other schools.

We've just launched Prograds.
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