Student Support

Student Guide to GPS

 

About GPS​​

SMC's GPS system is an online tool to help you stay connected with your instructors, counselors, and student services. You will receive feedback on how you are doing in class, and how to access services to help you succeed.

SMC GPS allows you to see a better picture of how you are doing through your student information, courses, tracking items, notes, and more! The system is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA).

For more information, view the GPS Student Flyer.

​How to Access SMC GPS

You can login below or find GPS on the www.smc.edu website under "Login". You will use your SMC email account and password to login. 

Login to SMC ​GPS

Set Up Profile

Student Profile Setup

  1. To update your information, click on your name to open your profile.

  2. Customizations:
  3. ​Add a photo. Note: Faculty and counselors can see your photo.
  4. Set and request personal email address notifications.
  5. Access text alerts.
  6. Set email reminder preferences.

Opt-in Text Messages

Enter the email address for your phone as indicated below for each provider.

Example: 3235551212@vtext.com 

Opt-in Text Message screen

This email address is a combination of the phone number and carrier information. For more information, click on the cell phone icon (far right side) to view the list of common carriers and email address formats.

Text Messages

SMC GPS sends texts that tell you briefly what items were raised. Text messages prompt you to check email for more details.

Example: "‌Prof. Green has given you a 'Keep Up the Good Work' Kudos in Microbiology.

Note: Text messages do not replace emails. It gives you a reminder to check your emails.

Kudos, Flags, and Referrals

Instructors use kudos, flags, and referrals to communicate how you are doing in your course.

  • A Kudo is raised by an instructor to recognize your hard work in their class.

  • A Flag is raised by an instructor to let you know they are here to help. Contact your instructor to see how they can support you in your class.

  • A Referral is raised by an instructor or counselor to help connect you to services, like tutoring, counseling, and financial aid. This support will help you stay on track.

Kudos, Flags, and Referrals can only be viewed by you, the instructor that raised the flag, and any individuals associated with the item, like a counselor.​

Raising Your Hand

Students can raise their hand on such items as need help with remote environment, see an Academic Counselor, I logged into GPS!, etc. When raising such items, someone from Student Services will reach out to you with support. ​

Please Note: If you have been given an assignment by your instructor to raise an item, you must raise "I logged into GPS!" and select the specific course you are raising the item for. If you select other items, your Instructor will not see it. 

​Notifications for Raised Items

You will receive an email and text notification (if opted in).  When an items is raised, counselors, tutors, or other SMC services may reach out to offer support. If you have questions regarding an item that was raised, contact the person that raised the item. 

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