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DegreeWorks The Hidden Curriculum, Episode 8 | Class of 2024

UPDATE (1/19/2021)

DegreeWorks was updated over the Winter Break. The following information will still support and guide you with this resource, however, you may see changes.

If you have any questions pertaining to the updated DegreeWorks, please feel comfortable to reach out to our colleagues and friends in ALAC, such as David Milford in the following video.

Contact information provided at the end of this episode.

As David mentioned, DegreeWorks can be a helpful tool in tracking your degree progress! As with all tools, you will want to make sure you understand how your unique requirements and accomplishments are applied on the on the DegreeWorks platform.

Let us show you how you can get started!

DegreeWorks does not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor!
Your "DegreeWorks" need to know!

Why DegreeWorks?

  • Tracks your degree completion
  • Outlines major/minor core requirements
  • Shows your holds that will prevent registration
  • Displays your academic standing and includes a GPA calculator
  • Helps you prepare for meetings with your Academic Advisor

Where can you find DegreeWorks?

You'll find DegreeWorks listed in your Student Menu on SIS, as shown in the screenshot below...

Each student has their own, unique profile!

Reviewing your DegreeWorks Profile

Otherwise known as your "degree audit screen":

  • Find your Academic Advior's name and contact information
  • Find your Class Dean's name and contact information
  • See a break down of your major's degree requirements
  • See Notes from your Academic Advisor (course recommendations)

How can you use DegreeWorks to prepare for your Student-Advisor Meetings?

The Registration Checklist:

  • Find the "Registration Checklist" on your DegreeWorks profile
  • See what courses you still need to take based on your major
  • See what pre/coreqs are required for upcoming courses

This is a great time to take a peek at your DegreeWorks profile to see how it lines up with your course plans for the Spring 2020 semester! Remember, DegreeWorks does not replace your required advisor meetings, but it can help you prepare for those conversations.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are an Undeclared Engineer, many parts of DegreeWorks will not be totally useful in your curriculum planning as it compares what course requirements you have accomplished to a specific major template. However, you should still take a look! You will see how your HASS requirements are being applied, as well as any credits that you brought with you from high school to college. Once you declare, your profile will "recalculate," and adjust to your new major's template.

Helpful DegreeWorks Functions!

1) The ‘What-If’ Function

  • Thinking about a minor?
  • Interested in a major change?
  • Ready to declare your major?

You can see how the new curriculum requirements will impact your current course accomplishments.

2) The ‘Look Ahead’ Function

  • What’s your plan? Develop your 4-Year Plan!
  • Drag and drop courses to correct term
  • Detailed information on courses
  • Corequisites, prerequisites, descriptions, etc.
Use this tool! Don't let it use you :)

DegreeWorks Tutorial

Find more videos and a written guide to support you in learning how to use Degreeworks at the link below:

Questions with the UPDATED DegreeWorks? Please, reach out to any member of the ALAC team.

If you ever have questions or trouble with your DegreeWorks profile, you can email The Registrar's Office at: degreeworks@rpi.edu

Complete Episode 8!

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