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Using the Degree Evaluation Tool

Please refer to the Curriculum Advising and Program Planning help sheet at http://www.unco.edu/aboutursa/html_helpsheets/accessing_capp_for_students.html to see how to access CAPP in Ursa using Banner Self Service.

Detail Requirements Display:

  • Each Area or Group has a title, overall credit hour requirement if specified, and a Met or Not Met indicator.
    • Some areas have Description text that indicates GPA requirements, minimum grade re- quirements, special instructions, etc. (Not pictured)
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  • Each row in the display is a requirement.
  • Each column is a criterion that defines what course will satisfy the requirement.
    • The Condition column sets up relationships between each requirement.
    • The Met column indicates Yes if that individual requirement is met; No if it is not met. However…
      • ...In cases where an Or joins two requirements, if one requirement is met and the other is not, the Met column will indicate Yes only for the line that is satisfied.
    • The Rule column indicates a requirement that cannot be represented by a single line. Every unmet rule should display text that explains what the requirement is.
      • Most rule text disappears or changes when the requirement is satisfied by the student.
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  • The Attribute column is used primarily in the General Education and Liberal Arts Core requirements. Attributes are codes that are placed on certain courses to group them into categories. Students can search for courses by attribute when they’re looking for courses to fulfill these requirements.

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  • Information in the Term column and the columns to the right detail course(s) that the student has completed or is currently registered for to satisfy the requirement.
    • The new coding for academic terms in Banner follows the format YYYYTT, where YYYY is the year the course was taken, followed by TT, which indicates the semester code.
      • 10 = Interim
      • 30 = Spring
      • 40 = Summer
      • 50 = Fall
    • The Source column indicates the type of course being used to satisfy the requirement.
      • H = Institutional History
      • R = Currently Registered
      • T = Transfer
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  • Generally speaking, as long as the Area or Group indicator is met, each requirement in that area is satisfied.
    • Exceptions: Watch for text that is still displayed when the area or requirement says “Met” or “Yes.” That often indicates that there may be multiple options for a requirement and that individual students in certain situations need to complete a specific option.
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  • The Total Credits and GPA figures in the lower right-hand corner are totals for that area only.
    • In some cases, if the Description text indicates that a GPA requirement is only concerned with a subset of courses (i.e.-“A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in all CHEM prefix courses in this area.”), then that GPA is only calculated for that specified set.
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  • Although non-course requirements are indicated in the Detail Requirements, these are currently just notes that will never indicate as “Met.”
    • There are similar “note” areas for majors that require a PTEP program or a minor in addition to their course requirements.
    • The actual clearance for those requirements is in the Additional Information display option of the degree audit.
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What-If Analysis

If a student would like to see how his or her progress would be affected by a change in major, a What-If Analysis can be run at any time.

  • On the Degree Evaluation screen there are three links at the bottom of the screen. The rightmost one is the What-if Analysis link. Clicking on it starts a series of prompts that ask for the new pro- gram information. Those prompts are explained on the next page.

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    Be aware that that while doing an analysis, changing majors (or changing from one emphasis to another in the same major), the catalog year chosen for all requirements (GenEd/Liberal Arts Core, major, minor, etc.) will be the current catalog.

    NOTE: This process does not change a student’s program information. If an actual change needs to be made, the student should fill out the appropriate paperwork with the major or minor department.
  • Entry Term – This should usually be the current term, since changing a major requires changing to the current catalog requirements.
    • The one exception to this is if a student is declaring a minor; this process does not change the catalog year, so if running an analysis just to see an additional minor, select the current catalog term.
  • Program – This is a list of available programs that can be declared. It is organized alphabetically, with the degree at the end. Pay attention to the degree because eventually graduate degrees will be listed here as well.
  • Campus – No entry required.
  • First Major – There should only be one option in this list, and it should be the one you select.
  • After choosing the First Major, if the program selected has an emphasis, you must click on the Add More button and enter the appropriate concentration(s). Skipping this step can lead to information being left out of the resulting degree evaluation.
    • Note that Licensures and Endorsements are additional concentrations that may or may not be optional depending on the program.
  • After selecting any concentrations, you can either click on Submit to see the core and major require- ments, or, if you are currently working toward a minor or want to declare a minor, you can click on Add More again to add up to two minors, and then click on Submit.
  • On the screen with the Generate Request button, the Evaluation Term should always be the current term. Clicking on the Generate Request button takes you to the same options available in the regular Degree Audit.

Important Note

Whenever you use Ursa, don’t forget to log out. Ursa contains personal information such as grades, financial aid, e-mail addresses, etc. and if you don’t log out someone else might be able to access it.

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