License to Graduate – Degree Audit
Degree Audit – Tracks your academic progress to degree completion.
First of all, a degree audit is an academic advising tool used by most academic advisors to help college students track their academic progress as they move towards completing their undergraduate degree.
New Undergraduates: Does the term “degree audit” ring a bell? Most likely you used it with your academic advisor to register for your next semester’s courses.
Perhaps, one of the greatest challenges faced by most college students is interpreting and satisfying their institution’s graduation requirements.
And, as you move through your undergraduate experience, the degree audit can help you to do just that!
Theoretically, you and your degree audit should become “bosom buddies” by the end of your freshman year.
In fact, the degree audit is the “gold standard” by which you can determine if you have met all the requirements necessary to earn your undergraduate degree.
It is the quintessential, academic roadmap of what you’ve done, what you need to do, and offers options for the best way to achieve your primary academic objective – graduation!
To maximize its benefits, undergraduates need to collaborate regularly with their academic advisors.
Not to do so just limits your choices, options, and, in many cases, potential opportunities.
Who else uses the Degree Audit:
- Faculty use 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 it specifically function for you?
The degree audit 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.
Several Key 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 road map 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.
Continuing Undergraduates: Do you meet regularly with your academic advisor to discuss your degree audit and your academic progress?
Finally, a companion advising tool to the degree audit is the College Success Lab.