New Degree Auditing and Advising System Implemented March 10
On behalf of the DegreeWorks Steering Committee, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that the University of South Florida System will be implementing its new degree auditing and advising system on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The implementation of DegreeWorks will enhance our ability to track and plan for the academic progress of our students, thereby promoting student success across the USF system. By replacing its outdated degree auditing system (SASS) with DegreeWorks, the University is demonstrating that it is a high impact, global university, dedicated to student success.
DegreeWorks is an easy-to-use, comprehensive set of web-based tools that help both our students and advisors navigate the process of tracking progress toward completing degree requirements. For students, it provides online advice and counsel, presents visible goals to reach graduation, provides intuitive web access with single sign on authentication and also allows direct access to multiple related services and advice through hyperlinks to catalog information, class schedules, and transcripts.
For advisors, DegreeWorks supports real-time delivery of academic advice through intuitive web interfaces. Advisors will be able to format the audit as a PDF and email it directly to a student reducing reliance on manual program check sheets. DegreeWorks also supports uniformity and accountability among academic advisors while also providing the ability to refresh an audit real-time when changes have been made to a student’s record in OASIS Banner or DegreeWorks.
While DegreeWorks offers so much more in functionality and ease of use for our advisors, faculty and students, many challenges lay ahead. As with the implementation of any new system, we expect to encounter unanticipated challenges. Although DegreeWorks is a significant upgrade over our current auditing system, it is still a “work in progress.” With this in mind, we are asking you to partner with us to facilitate this transition that will ultimately provide a robust tool to better support the success of our students. Students, advisors and faculty can assist in identifying issues and collaborate with us to resolve them. Students who have identified issues may contact their college advisor. Advisors and faculty may submit a RNS ticket at firstname.lastname@example.org with DegreeWorks in the subject line. One person can make a difference, but together we are UNSTOPPABLE.
Paul J. Dosal, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Success