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Grad Express to help students monitor progress

By Brittney Schmies

September 13, 2012

Students enrolled in the 2012 Fall semester are back in the swing of things.

Classes are underway, books have been purchased, notes are being taken, tests loom in the future and the Grad Express degree audit system is available to keep students on track.

The Grad Express system is an upgrade to the previous system and promises to help keep students on track with their goals and ambitions of getting their degrees in four years, and can be found under the “Student” tab in CampusNet.

The system displays all requirements, a list of classes for each requirement, automatic updates when academic records change among other things useful to students. But what do students think?

Students who use the system find it beneficial to them as they navigate their class choices while pursuing degrees, but haven’t noticed any differences in the system.
Jake Hastings, Public Relations major, frequents the degree audit page and hasn’t noticed anything different.

“It’s useful, but there’s no difference,” Hastings said.

Hastings said the system can substitute for when you cannot meet with an adviser, but advisers often reference the system during appointments.

Many students use their advisers as a supplement to the degree audit system. With everything the system offers to students they feel confident and capable enough to map out their futures by themselves with the tools Cleveland State has provided them.

“You don’t have to go to an adviser every time,” said Ruth Kebede, a Pre-Med Biology major. “I use my adviser to check my degree audit.”

Kebede also reported that she noticed no difference in the system.
The Grad Express degree audit system is a tool Cleveland State encourages all students to take advantage of. It allows them to know where they stand and what they need to do.