Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What are the benefits in using DegreeWorks?

DEGREEWORKS will help you:
Determine what requirements you need to fulfill in order to complete your degree.
View individual course grades, cumulative grade-point average (GPA).
Determine which courses you have taken or transferred, and which ones count as electives.
View transfer credits, waivers, and substitutions applied toward degree.
See how your coursework could be applied toward another major.
Confirm your academic standing.
Estimate how many semesters it will take you to graduate.
Learn the prerequisites and co-requisites for courses by clicking on the course numbers.

Q: When will DegreeWorks be available to the campus?

Our current goal is to start releasing DegreeWorks to the campus in the Spring of 2013. A pilot group began on October 1st, 2012.

Q: Who will be able to use DegreeWorks?

Advisors, Faculty, and students will be able to use the system as an advising tool to better follow the student's progress and determine which requirements are still needed.

Q: How do I access DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks can be accessed by logging into My NWACC Connection.

Q: How is DegreeWorks different from the degree audit program we already have (CAPP)?

DegreeWorks is an advising tool which will produce a much easier to read and user-friendly degree audit. DegreeWorks will give students, advisors, and Faculty better information in selecting coursework and understanding degree requirements. One of the many special features of DegreeWorks is that it will allow course substitutions to be processed and displayed. This will give students a better idea of what courses are still required to complete their degree.

Q: When should a student/advisor review a degree audit?

A degree audit can be reviewed at any time but it is recommended to do so at least four times a semester:
Before registration.
After registration to ensure courses apply to program requirements.
After grades for each semester are posted.
Any time changes are made to a record.

Q: What if information in DegreeWorks isn't up to date?

There could be many reasons that information in DegreeWorks is not up to date. One is that DegreeWorks may not have been refreshed since a change was made (information is refreshed nightly) to a student record. Second, there could be some paperwork that must be completed. For example, if a grade change is pending, it is possible the form has not reached the Student Records Office. Check with the Student Records Office regarding information not being up to date.

Q: Why do I receive a blank window when I click the "Save as PDF" button?

A DegreeWorks audit contains a large amount of information and because of this it will take 15-20 seconds for the PDF to generate. If after 20 seconds your PDF fails to load, please contact the Student Records Office.

Q: Why am I receiving an error when I run a What If scenario?

The What If tool requires that you make a selection in the major field and that you match degree, major and program codes. If you are having trouble matching the fields please contact the Student Records Office.

Student Information

Q: When can I use my DegreeWorks audit?

Use your DEGREEWORKS Audit when:
Reviewing your progress with an academic or major advisor.
Creating a list of questions to discuss with your advisor.
Identifying courses that need to be completed.
Selecting courses that meet your degree requirements.
Determining a projected graduation date.
Choosing a major.

Q: Is DegreeWorks the same as my transcript?

No, DegreeWorks is an unofficial audit of your coursework, as well as an outline of requirements still needed to complete your program of study.

Q: Can I register for classes in DegreeWorks?

No, DegreeWorks is a snapshot of courses in-progress, planned, and in your academic history. Registration and drop/add, are still handled through already-established procedures (MyNWACC Connection?).

Q: Can I change a major through DegreeWorks?

No, visit the Student Records Office web site for information on changing your major.

Q: Are my grades visible in DegreeWorks?

Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the semester, they are viewable in DegreeWorks.

Q: Does the DegreeWorks audit show all my courses even if I have taken them elsewhere?

Yes, all courses transferred in from other colleges, taken in the military, or credit earned non traditionally (Clep) will be displayed.

Q: Why isn't my transfer work meeting a requirement?

There could be three reasons. First, the course did not meet either the minimum number of credits and/or minimum grade requirement for use in your program of study. Second, all requirements have been met and this course is simply not needed.  Third, the course may not meet articulation agreements established with the other institution and may require a course substitution through the academic department.  Ask your advisor how to request this.

Q: What is the What If feature?

The What If function allows you to hypothetically change your degree, major, or program. The What If audit will show you what coursework is required for the new degree, major, or program, what courses you have taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are still left for you to take.

Q: Can my advisor see my What If scenario?

Since What If scenarios are not stored on DegreeWorks, your advisor can only see your results if the two of you work through a What If procedure together.

Advisor Information

Q: How do I find current degree candidates?

Current degree candidates can be found using the find feature in DegreeWorks. There you will be able to filter students based on the degree candidate code.

 

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