Graduation Bound…Your Degree Audit
Keeping Track of My Academic Progress
What is a degree audit?
Remember the good old days in high school, when every term you would get a report card?
Well, that report card has now changed into a degree audit, a collegiate souped-up version of a high school report card.
Academic advisors use the degree audit to help college students track their academic progress as they move towards completing their undergraduate degree.
This invaluable online academic advising tool is readily accessible for student use.
Have you made your acquaintance yet?
Perhaps, one of the greatest challenges faced by most college students is interpreting and satisfying their institution’s graduation requirements.
Theoretically, you and your degree audit should become “bosom buddies” by the end of your first semester.
Thinking about changing your major, course schedule, taking a course pass/fail, and/or withdrawing from a course?
Then you need to have a discussion with your academic advisor about the consequences of making those kinds of decisions.
Who else uses the Degree Audit:
- Faculty uses it to monitor how you’re doing in class.
- Academic Advisors use it to guide your course selection each semester.
- The Registrar uses it to certify you for graduation.
How does a degree audit specifically function for you – it basically tells you:
- Which courses you’ve taken
- Which courses you need to take
- Your degree (B.A. or B.S.) graduation requirements
- Your overall degree progress including your major, minor, electives, and transfer courses.
- Academic red flags
A Heads Up – The style and content of degree audits vary from campus to campus.
Several Typical Key Standard Degree Audit Features:
- “What if…”: allows you to see how the courses you’ve already taken apply to different majors and minors.
- “Look Ahead…”: allows you to see how courses you would select will fulfill your degree requirements.
- “Educational Planner…”: helps you and your academic advisor create a semester by semester roadmap to achieve your college and career objectives.
- “G.P.A. (grade point average) Calculator”: allows you to set personal academic goals.
- “Graduation Calculator”: allows you to speculate on the grades you will need to achieve certain academic goals.
- “Term Calculator”: anticipate the g.p.a. you can expect to earn for the semester.
- “Advice Calculator”: offers advice on how to raise your g.p.a.
In order to maximize the benefits that your degree audit offers, undergraduates need to collaborate regularly with their academic advisors.
If you’re having “personal chemistry” challenges with your academic advisor, then make a change. You have the right to do so.
Avoiding your academic advisor may only limit your choices, options, and, in many cases, potential opportunities.