Degree Map is an exploratory tool designed to enable students to plan courses and browse careers that align with completed coursework. Degree Map surfaces your institution's student audit data in a manageable way, putting students in charge of their paths to degree completion. It's important to understand what data Degree Map presents and how to interpret it for your institution.
Because course data in Degree Map reflects data stored in your course catalogs, naming conventions and abbreviations will appear as they do in your student information system. Course catalog data will only be included in Degree Map if your institution has included it in the audit system.
Review these terms to better understand how they are used in the context of Degree Map:
- Degree plan: A Degree Plan is a formal course of study defined by the institution that includes requirements specific to that field. Degree Map automatically matches the student's degree plan from the institution's student information system and will allow students to track progress towards his or her degree completion.
- Plan cards: A plan card is the visual card that you see in a term that identifies a course or placeholder. Degree Map allows students to assign remaining degree requirements to upcoming terms, creating their own personalized plan towards degree completion. These plans can be reviewed and modified from the Degree Progress tab and are displayed as visual tiles.
- Course catalog: Catalogs summarize all plans, requirements, and courses offered at the institution. Degree Map works to map all available catalogs that would be in use by current and future students. Multiple catalogs can populate across selected majors, minors and certificates.
- Degree progress tracker: The degree progress tracker displays the overall estimated progress towards degree completion. It also displays estimated progress in the majors, minors, and certificates that make up your degree.
- Major: In Degree Map, a major is a specialization or field of study defined by the institution with associated course requirements. Following the degree requirements for a major typically leads to the completion of a degree, though the degree will typically carry additional requirements beyond the major. Likewise, some institutions allow students to earn degrees without declaring a major and selecting a specialized field of study.
- Minor: In Degree Map, a minor is a specialization or field of study defined by the institution that can be paired with a major. Minors are typically optional for the student, and may or may not have shared requirements with the major, depending on the institution's policies. Minors may be included in Degree Map at the discretion of your institution. In Explore Degrees, students are able to check course progress towards minors.
- Certificate: In Degree Map, a certificate is a specialization defined by the institution for students seeking to master a particular skill. Certificates may be included in Degree Map at the discretion of your institution. Explore Degrees provides the ability to check certificates for which a student is eligible and can contact their advisor to claim.