One of SUNY’s greatest strengths is the diversity of institutions that make up the 64 campus system: two-year community colleges, technology colleges, four-year comprehensive colleges and doctoral degree granting institutions. Key to SUNY’s efforts to ensure access, completion and success is the ability of students to move throughout the system seamlessly toward degree attainment (last year alone, 27,000 students transferred from one SUNY campus to another).
That's why SUNY has invested in a customized version of Degree Works, a web-based, degree planning and auditing software that will allow parents, faculty advisors, and admissions counselor to quickly see how far along a student is toward completing degree requirements and to see how that status may vary depending on the institution or degree program they select.
This powerful new tool will enable students to quickly see their progress toward degree completion at their “home” or even at a potential “transfer” campus via a user-friendly online tool. Likewise, faculty advisors and admissions counselors have a terrific new resource to assist them in guiding students about next steps.
Ultimately, this degree planning and auditing system will also help students access courses they need to fulfill missing requirements. If a student using the new degree auditing tool discovers that they are missing a specific course in order to meet SUNY’s mathematics general education requirement, for example, they will be prompted about the availability of that course online through Open SUNY as well as summer and/or j-term offerings at their home campus and other SUNY campuses. This allows students to benefit from the vast resources of the SUNY system as a whole.
Note too that a bonus feature of the tool is a backward looking assessment; providing the potential to notify students who may have transferred just before receiving their degree at one institution, when they have secured enough credits at the second institution to have earned that degree.
Students will have access to the degree planning tools beginning in Spring 2014. Access will expand on a rolling basis as SUNY campuses complete their scheduled training and implementation.