Thursday, October 17, 2013

A New Advising Tool for Students is Now Available

DegreeWorks is now available for all students and advisors!  It is a new web-based Vol State advising tool designed to support your student success.

It’s simple to find DegreeWorks. It’s already on your MyVol State page. For students, just click on the “Academics” tab and you’ll find DegreeWorks listed under “Quick Links.”

There is nothing you are required to do with DegreeWorks as a student. However, you probably want to take a look. You can now keep better track of what classes you need to take and where you stand on your path to a college degree. It’s a starting point for a conversation with your academic advisor, which you should be having each semester. They will use DegreeWorks during your advising sessions. It can help keep you on track and that can save you time and money.

How Can “DegreeWorks” Help Me?

DegreeWorks allows you to see your degree program and how coursework is currently being applied toward your progress for graduation. DegreeWorks also allows you to run "What if" scenarios to see how changing your current academic program to another “major” will affect degree progress.  With DegreeWorks, students and advisors can easily see the progress that has been made toward a degree and determine what course requirements are remaining for graduation.

Benefits for Students

With DegreeWorks, you’ll always know how far you’ve come and how far you need to go to reach your graduation goal.  DegreeWorks, along with your advisor, will help ensure you are on the right track to graduate.

Through DegreeWorks, you can:

-See how all your completed and in-progress courses (in real-time!) apply to your graduation requirements;

-View course descriptions, prerequisites, and schedule information for the specific courses you need to take; 

-Do a “What-if” scenario and see what courses you would need to take if you changed plans and chose a different major or concentration; 

-Email your assigned advisor by simply clicking on the advisor’s name;

-Easily click on hyperlinks to obtain detailed course information including the course description, prerequisites, and course sections offered with number of seats available and location;

-Clearly see how transfer courses are counting toward your degree program.

If you have log-in problems with DegreeWorks you can contact the IT Help Desk at 230-3302. If you see something that you don’t understand, be sure to ask your advisor when you have your regular semester advising session. If something doesn’t appear to be working correctly with the system you can also contact the Advising Center in Ramer room 174 or at 230-3702.

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