Tool to help students 'finish in four'
by Anna Oakes
University announced Tuesday that DegreeWorks, a web-based academic advising and degree audit tool,
is now available to students at the university.
DegreeWorks is an
academic planning tool with real-time counseling capabilities, intended to give students meaningful
and consistent direction and to provide advisors and student records managers with up-to-date
With a theme of
“Finish in Four,” the Division of Academic Affairs has implemented the degree audit
tool for students in response to a request from the Student Government Association to help students
navigate curriculum requirements and keep them on track to complete their college degree in four
years, according to a news release from ASU.
DegreeWorks will empower students to assume more responsibility for taking the appropriate classes
required in their intended major,” said Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for
enrollment management at ASU, in the release.
“This online tool
makes degree requirements more transparent for the student, which will free up time in their
advising appointments to focus on career aspiration rather than asking ‘What classes do I
need to take,’” she said.
their degrees in four years will become more important for the university, as the University of
North Carolina system is moving to a performance-based funding model and away from funding based
on campus enrollment growth.
“The UNC system
has been funding institutions primarily on enrollment growth,” ASU Provost Lori Gonzalez told
local government leaders last spring. “You can only grow so much for so
Six-year and four-year graduation rates are among the metrics by which
campuses could be evaluated.
students to explore “what if” scenarios, such as how a change in their major will
impact the number of additional courses that will be required to graduate in four
Freshmen who entered ASU this fall learned about DegreeWorks during summer
orientation, the release stated.
In the next year,
additional options will be added to DegreeWorks. Students will have an opportunity to create a
four-year plan using a curriculum planning tool, and academic departments will be able to use that
information to better understand demand for certain classes when they are creating departmental
More information about DegreeWorks is available at http://degreeworks.appstate.edu.