Degree Works FAQ

- Important Info -

Degree Works does not replace the requirement to meet with your advisor.

Students on catalogs prior to 2010-11 may use the "What-If" function in Degree Works to view an audit based on the 2012-13 catalog.

*** Special Note ***
Agriculture, Human Ecology and Nursing majors

Students in these majors who were admitted to the University (or changed majors prior to fall 2013) will not have the correct term displayed in the audit unless they plan to graduate using the 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog. Beginning with the fall 2013 term, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences separated into the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology and the School of Nursing; as a result, student terms were updated for the change in the programs. Students who are following the 2011 or 2012 catalog may run a what-if analysis to view their progress toward degree completion.

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Degree Works Basics

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a tool that will assist advisors and students in monitoring degree requirements. The degree audit is divided into block requirements with checkboxes showing what is complete and what is still required.

Who can use Degree Works?

Students:

Students who are following either the 2011, 2012, or the 2013 Undergraduate Catalog may use Degree Works. If students attended TTU prior to summer 1986, the audit will not be accurate due to prior academic history not being available in the Banner student system.

Advisors:

Advisors who are currently advising students.

How do I access Degree Works?

For Students:

Degree Works can be accessed through Eagle Online (Self-Service Banner) from the Student Information tab (Student > Student Records). The Degree Works link is located at the bottom under the Student Records link. To access Degree Works, click the "Degree Works" link, then click the "Degree Works" button, this will load Degree Works web page.

For Advisors:

Degree Works can be accessed through Self-Service Banner (SSB) from the Degree Works link under the Faculty Services tab (Faculty Services > Student Information Menu).

Audit Information

What is an Audit?

An audit displays the courses that you have taken or are currently registered for at the University. It displays the requirements met or will be met if you complete your in-progress (IP) coursework successfully and what you are lacking for your degree. The requirements are divided into blocks—degree, general education, major, related courses, etc. When the block is met, a checkbox will be added for the block requirement.

If a student is pursing two degree (BS and a BA), only one appears on the audit. How can a student or advisor check the requirements for the other program of study?

The student or advisor may look at the degree information next to the student’s name at the top of the page. The degree box has a drop-down arrow. Use this to select the second degree and an audit with second degree will display.

If a student is pursuing a double major (BS in Computer Science and BS in Math) only one major appears. How do the student and advisor view the audit for each major?

The student or advisor must use the “What-If” option available on the left-hand side of the page for the second major. The combined default audit is not correct—this is a known issue with Degree Works.

How current is student information in Degree Works?

The information in Degree Works is refreshed on a nightly basis. Any changes made to a student’s academic record such as transfer credit awarded or changes in schedule will be seen in Degree Works the next day.

What is Class History?

The class history link will display a chronologically list of coursework.

What does @ represent in the list of classes?

The @ symbol is a wildcard in Degree Works. It may be used for the discipline and/or the number for a course. For example, DS 3@ would be any Decision Science course that was level 3000 to 3999.

How does Degree Works decide where to place courses that the student has completed or for which he has registered?

Degree Works looks at the program holistically and places each course using a “best fit” scenario. The “best fit” will not always be perfect when the course may meet more than one requirement and it is not allowed to meet more than one requirement.

What are blocks?

Blocks contain the information from various categories such as Degree, Majors, Concentrations, General Education Requirements, etc. In other words, any grouping of information is usually displayed in a block.

Degree Works placed a course in two different blocks. Is that okay?

In most cases, it is. Degree Works is programmed to recognize that some courses may fulfill more than one requirement while the hours for the course are only counted once toward the total hours required for the degree.

Why do repeated courses appear on the degree audit?

The last attempt counts toward degree requirements. If a student repeats a course more than twice, only the first attempt will be excluded and all other grades will be averaged into the grade point average.

What if you believe the information on the audit is incorrect?

These are the most common problems:

The student’s major is wrong on the audit.

The Degree Works audit displays the student’s current major in the Banner system. A change of major form must be submitted to the University Registrar Office with all signatures before a major will be changed. When a major is changed, the change will be effective for a particular term which may be a future term.

The requirements for the declared major or concentration are wrong.

The student and/or advisor should check the catalog term that appears on the major requirement block of the audit. According to the Banner student system, this is the catalog that you are using to complete your major requirements.

Classes are not applying to the correct requirement.

Degree Works uses a “best fit” approach for meeting requirements. If there is a question on how a course counts, students should contact their academic advisor. If the advisor has a question, he should contact Academic Services (Undergraduate Graduation).

The department chair approved to substitute a course and it is not displaying.

The substitution form is initiated in the student’s major department but the forms are entered by the Academic Services (Undergraduate Office) staff. After a substitution form is entered into the Degree Works system, the process new menu item must be selected to display the change.

What does status = 4235 mean?

If you receive this status, you will need to run a "What-If" analysis to generate the degree evaluation audit. The reason for this status code message is due to the fact the student is not within the minimum catalog year, which is Fall 2011, that Degree Works was built.

Agriculture, Human Ecology, and Nursing Majors

Students in these majors who were admitted to the University (or changed majors prior to fall 2013) will not have the correct term displayed in the audit unless they plan to graduate using the 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog. Beginning with the fall 2013 term, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences separated into the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology and the School of Nursing; as a result, student terms were updated for the change in the programs. Students who are following the 2011 or 2012 catalog may run a what-if analysis to view their progress toward degree completion.

What-If Analysis

What is a What-If Analysis?

The What-if function gives you the opportunity to see what a proposed change in degree, major, or concentration would have based on what you have already completed. You must submit a change of major form with required signatures to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I run a What-If analysis?

Click the What-If link on the left side navigation, then follow these five steps to generate a "What-If" analysis:

    1. Select Degree
    2. Select Academic Year
    3. Select Major
    4. Select Concentration (If Applicable)
    5. Press Process What-If Button

Can I print a What-If analysis?

Yes. There is a print/save button toward the center of the degree evaluation page.

GPA Calculator

Graduation Calculator

The graduation calculator option on the GPA Calculator tab will show what average you will need in your remaining credits to graduate with your desired GPA.

Term Calculator

The term calculator option on the GPA Calculator tab will show an estimate of your cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA excludes credit not take at TTU. Degree Works will pull in your current earned credit hours and GPA and place your in-progress course in the table where you may enter the anticipated grade for each course. You will then see a revised cumulative GPA based on the estimates you provided.

Advice Calculator

The advice calculator option on the GPA Calculator tab pulls your current GPA and credits earned. You may enter the desired GPA to see how many credit and what grade average must be earned in order to obtain that GPA.

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