New program helps students track progress toward graduation
A new tool implemented this fall is helping Lamar University students better track their progress toward graduation.
Students, academic advisers and staff members in the Records Office now have access to Degree Audit within the university’s Self-Service Banner system. The tool allows all parties to see the same information about what courses students have successfully completed and what courses still are required for students’ chosen degree plans.
Students and advisers also can use Degree Audit to test alternate majors to see how a change of major might affect the student’s expected graduation date.
“It’s making life easier for students, advisers and the records department,” said Registrar David Short. “There’s more accountability when an adviser tells a student what classes he or she needs to take. We also have an earlier chance to catch problems that might delay a student’s graduation.”
Degree Audit will be especially helpful to students and advisers in the coming weeks as they begin planning schedules for the winter mini-session and spring semester. Advisement for winter mini and spring begins Thursday. Registration begins Nov. 3 for special populations, including athletes, honors students, seniors and students with disabilities. Open registration begins Nov. 10.
Degree Audit is currently available only for undergraduate students. Implementation for graduate students is expected to begin in the spring, Short said.
Access to Degree Audit also will be expanded to prospective transfer students in the future, Short said. Through Degree Audit, prospective students will be able to see how their previous coursework will apply to various degree plans at Lamar University.
Current students may access Degree Audit, view course schedules and register for classes online at my.lamar.edu under the Self-Service Banner link using their student identification number (L-number) and personal identification number.
New students must apply and be admitted before registering for classes. Students returning after a break in enrollment of one or more regular semesters (fall or spring) must file for readmission by updating their admission application at applytexas.org. For information on becoming a student, visit BeACardinal.com.