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New Degree Maps tool provides path to graduation

By Brittney Schmies

October 25, 2012

Cleveland State has introduced yet another easy-to-use tool to help students graduate on time.

The Undergraduate Degree Maps, which will map and track student progress, is designed to serve as a four-year model academic plan that will lay out courses students may take as they progress toward an undergraduate degree.

The idea for having these degree maps available developed from the Student Success Committee, said Dr. Eric Yeager, manager of undergraduate curriculum at Cleveland State.

“Students don’t always see their advisers when they are supposed to,” Yeager said. “This serves as a self-advising tool.”

The maps are available for all undergraduate majors. It can be used by both students and advisers. The maps can be found in the Cleveland State Online Undergraduate Catalog located at catalog.csuohio.edu.

Once there, students can select their degree program’s page and find the link to their undergraduate degree map in the upper right-hand corner.

These maps work with Cleveland State’s early registration and Grad Express Degree Audit. All of these tools being made available to students point to students graduating on time.

Undergraduate Degree Maps will help students know exactly what they need to do in order to complete their program and get their degree, but do not need to be strictly followed. They serve as a guide of what students should be doing. What is mapped out may not be attainable during certain semesters. In those situations, there are elective options.

By being able to track requirements with Grad Express and see what exactly fills a requirement with the Undergraduate Degree Maps, students are on a one way path to success.

“Students can hold this in their hands and know what they need to do to be on target,” said Dave Bowditch, director of exploratory advising.

Because the maps were developed by academic advisors and faculty, the maps also serve as a curriculum analysis, Yeager said.

They are able to see what is required and what is available, and improve the programs. Having the maps in an online catalog will help keep them current and correct.