- Important Info -
Degree Works does not replace the requirement to meet with your advisor.
Special Note for
Agriculture, Art, Human Ecology, Music and Psychology majors:
Students in these majors may have a term displayed differently than when they entered into the program—agriculture, art, human ecology, music and psychology.
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.
Beginning with the fall 2017 term, the departments of Art and Music separated into the College of Fine Arts and the Psychology department moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Education. The catalog terms have been updated for Psychology majors and the associated majors in the College of Fine Arts.
Degree Works is an academic advising and degree audit tool that helps assist advisors and students track their degree progress in real-time.
For students, Degree Works:
- Provides real-time advice and counsel
- Speeds time to graduation
- Provides intuitive web access to self-service capabilities
- Streamlines the graduation process
- Allows direct access to multiple related services and advice through hyperlinks to catalog information, class schedules, transcripts, help desk services, and FAQs
For advisors, Degree Works:
- Supports real-time delivery of academic advice through intuitive web interfaces
- Minimizes errors through consistent degree plans
- Supports more timely degree certification
- Reduces paperwork and manual program check sheets
- Supports and monitors unique program changes
- "What-If" analysis - Thinking of changing your Major or concentration? Try a "What-If" analysis to help you decide
- Advisor notes - enables advisors to quickly and easily place notes for the student and the advice given
- Look ahead - dynamically shows how degree progress is affected by future planned courses (coming soon...)
- GPA calculator - See how final grades may affect the overall GPA
Still Need Courses- Hyperlinks that tells info about the course, proficiency intensives, etc.
Video Tutorial: https://www.tntech.edu/private/emcp/degreeworks.php
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 check-boxes showing what is complete and what is still required.
- Who can use Degree Works?
Students who are following either the 2011 or later Undergraduate Catalog may use Degree Works. If students attended Tennessee Tech prior to summer 1986, the audit will not be accurate due to prior academic history not being available in the Banner student system.
Advisors who are currently advising students.
- How do I access Degree Works?
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.
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).
- 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 check box will be added for the block requirement.
- What if I have multiple degrees?
If a student is pursuing a double major (BS in POLS and BS in SOC, for example), both programs appear on the same audit; therefore, it is recommended that a What-if audit be processed for more visually appealing results.
- How current is the information?
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 @ mean?
The @ symbol is a wild card 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?
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.
- What if Degree Works places a course in two different blocks?
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?
Students who have attempted courses more than twice in their major will not have all courses listed in the major block that is used to calculate the major GPA. Only the last attempt will display in the major block. All other attempts, except for the first, will be in the insufficient block and will be calculated in the major GPA. Since the first attempt is excluded, it is not listed on the audit.
- What if audit information 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 output 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.
- What about Agriculture, Art, Human Ecology, Music and Psychology Majors?
Students in these majors may have a term displayed differently than when they entered into the program—agriculture, art, human ecology, music and psychology. 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.
Beginning with the fall 2017 term, the departments of art and music separated into the College of Fine Arts and the Psychology department moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Education. The catalog terms have been updated for Psychology majors and the associated majors in the College of Fine Arts.
- What is What-If Analysis?
The "what-if" function gives you the opportunity to see what effect a proposed change in degree, major, or concentration would have based on what you have already completed.
- 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:
- Select Degree
- Select Academic Year
- Select Major
- Select Concentration (If Applicable)
- 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.
- What is 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.
- What is 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 taken at Tennessee Tech. 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.
- What is 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 credits and what grade average must be earned in order to obtain that GPA.