Skip to Content

Academic Advising


The EAB advising software we have called 'Pathfinder' here at USC is a resource for advisors for student information, notes, success markers, progression, and also incorporates new scheduling features.

What is Pathfinder?

The EAB Campus system (or Pathfinder) is intended to guide the prioritization of outreach to and interaction with students based on risk levels and success marker flags. The success markers are established by each department based on the courses that are most predictive of success in each major over time using USC historic student data. These involve both threshold grades in key courses and the timing of those courses. Risk levels are based on student performance and characteristics relative to other students who have graduated in the particular major. Success markers, risk levels, and student characteristics (GPA ranges, class level, department, college, native/transfer, etc.) can be used to quickly query lists of students who may need further assistance.

One of the largest additions that Pathfinder has is the incorporation of scheduling software. Due to this, the USC Columbia campus will be transitioning away from the SARS Appointment Software that advisors have been using for the past few years. By January 1st, 2018 the SARS software will be phased out completely and all current advisors, departments, and student service offices will be transitioned fully to Pathfinder.


Implementation Timeline

Over the next year, the EAB Implementation Council and the Pathfinder Application Administrator will work towards a complete rollout of the advising system to offices around campus. In order to facilitate an efficient transition from SARS, this will be accomplished in several phases. Below is a timeline for when each college/school and campus partners will transition to Pathfinder. 

Spring 2017 (Go-Live January 2017)

  • College of Information and Communications
  • Arnold School of Public Helath
  • College of Education
  • Referrals only to the Career Center, Office of Pre-Professional Advising, Student Success Center, and Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Summer 2017 (Go-Live May 1, 2017)

  • College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
  • School of Music
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Pharmacy
  • SC Honors College
  • Office of Fellowships and Scholars Advising
  • Student Success Center

Fall 2017 (Go-Live August 1, 2017)

  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • Darla Moore School of Business
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tentative launch for Study Abroad Advisors, USC Connect/Graduation with Leadership Distinction advisors, Capstone Consultations, Undergraduate Research, International Student Services, and the Opportunity Scholars Program advisors