Records and Registration announces easy-to-use, web-based advising tool

November 9, 2012
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Preview of the new DegreeWorks progress report

The Office of Records and Registration is excited to roll out a new, easy-to-use, web-based academic advisement tool that will replace the current Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).

The tool, called DegreeWorks, combines student records data with course catalog information to create individualized progress reports that can be easily read and understood by student and faculty alike. Each report will provide links to course descriptions and course availability, which streamlines the advising process and will help students chart their own academic course. The tool will be rolled out incrementally, with most of the student body using it by fall 2013.

“The new progress report that students and faculty will have access to is a lot more intuitive to use and understand,” says Registrar Bernadette Morris. “There are many features that make reviewing a student’s course history and degree requirements much easier and more comprehensive. We believe it will make the advising and planning processes a lot more efficient and be a huge aid to students in determining their course for graduation.”

Records and Registration worked closely with Admissions and Computer Services to create the new progress report. They will hold information and training sessions in LC 102 on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1:30-3 p.m. “We encourage all faculty advisors to attend a training session in order to learn how to access and read the new progress reports,” says Morris.

For more information, contact Associate Registrar Laura Schultz at schultzl@newpaltz.edu or ext. 3102.

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