DegreeWorks™ Comes to ONU
In 2014-15, ONU will launch a new software package called DegreeWorks™, a computerized degree-audit program and academic-advising tool designed to assist students and advisors in reviewing student’s degree progress. A Web-based program, DegreeWorks™ re-organizes a student’s transcript chronologically and categorically, easily identifying courses he or she has completed and what courses are still needed in order to fulfill the degree requirements. This software will thus provide a common reference for both the student and his or her academic advisor, ultimately replacing the dependency on a paper checklist kept in the student’s academic file. There is also a powerful “What If” tool that will assist students who may want to add an additional major or minor, or those who want to change their primary major. Students can ask DegreeWorks™ to run potential scenarios and see how many requirements are currently met and how many are yet to be completed to help them understand the impact of those decisions upon their anticipated graduation date.
Currently, we are in the process of testing our DegreeWorks™ coding for the 70+ majors at ONU for students who started at ONU in the 2011-12 academic year. Once that has finished, we will then launch the software for all remaining students. We feel the system is fairly accurate at this time, and thus all students can access the software in self-service Banner on ONU’s website. (Self-service Banner is a student portal to access course-scheduling information, billing information, unofficial transcripts, etc.) However, please note that until we have truly gone “live,” there may be some coding bugs. Questions about DegreeWorks™ should be directed to the student’s college dean’s office or to Dr. Julie Hurtig, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.