City Colleges of Chicago Boosts Outreach With New Student Support Software

At the February meeting of the City Colleges’ Board of Trustees, the purchase of a comprehensive student support system was approved as part of an on-going initiative to boost student success. The support system, called GradesFirst, will  allow advisors and faculty to provide City Colleges’ 120,000 students with online advising appointment systems, communication tools for faculty and advisors, and a number of online services aimed at supporting student success.  As the implementation of this software takes hold across the district, students will find that the faculty and staff at the City College are working together to help students succeed.  Watch for future updates about the implementation of GradesFirst in the upcoming months.  In the meantime, if you want to read about the system go to

– Anne Brennan, Center for Operational Excellence