"Using The Planner" FAQs

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What is the Planner feature?

The Planner is a tool for you to arrange course requirements into future semester blocks. You and your advisor may find this helpful as you forecast your academic career. It is recommended that you create an active plan and keep it up-to-date, as this information may be used by administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

 

How do I create a plan?

By a split screen, the Planner allows you to drag and drop courses from your audit into future semester blocks. You can also type courses directly into the planner boxes. You must enter the course as it is labeled in the catalog (e.g., ENGL 1101, not English 1101).
Alternatively, you may wish to begin your plan with a template, which will lay out a suggested plan of study semester-by-semester. To do this, in the right side "Student Educational Planner" column, click "Load in a pre-defined plan". Complete the necessary information to search for an appropriate plan. Note the search form is pre-populated with your curriculum data. Select the correct plan by Catalog year and click "Load into my plan". Once the plan is populated, edit as desired, then click "Save Plan" to retain the plan of study you developed.  Note:  Pre-defined plans will not be available for all majors.

 

Will putting courses in my planner change the way my audit looks?

No. Nothing entered on the Planner will affect your actual audit. You can, however, see how the courses you have entered in your planner will apply in your audit by checking the boxes next to the semester blocks that you wish to include (check all of the boxes to see how your audit will look if you complete your entire plan) and then clicking on "Run a New Audit." In the audit on the left-hand side of the screen, you will see how the planned courses applied to the various major/minor requirements

 

Can I create multiple plans?

Yes; however, only one plan at a time may be kept as an active plan. You should mark the plan that you expect to follow as your active plan. This information may be used by administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

 

Will my plans be saved?

Yes.  DegreeWorks will allow you to save all plans you create; however, only one plan may be marked as active

 

Will my advisor be able to see my plan(s)?

Yes. Your advisor can see your plan(s) and participate with you in the planning process. There is a Notes feature, as well, for you and your advisor to keep additional information.
Depending upon your college, your advisor may choose to lock your plan after discussing it with you. Once your plan is locked, you will need to return to your advisor to make any additional changes.

 

If I put a course in my planner, am I automatically registered for that course in that future semester?

No. Your planner is for planning purposes only. However, once your plan is saved, you should send your advisor an email to notify him/her that your plan has been made and is awaiting approval.  Once your plan is approved, you may register for those approved courses through the normal registration process.

Is the course I planned guaranteed for that future semester?

No. Your planner is for planning purposes only. Final course schedules are available to students online shortly before registration. If you discover that a course you had planned is not being offered, you should identify an alternative course and move the original course, if still needed, to a future term.

 

Can I print my plan?

Yes. There is a print button at the top of the planner.