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For general questions on Degree Works, please email myDegree@siu.edu 

What is Degree Works?

What are the benefits of using Degree Works?

When will Degree Works be available to campus?

Who will be able to use Degree Works?

When available, can I access Degree Works on any computer?

Will Degree Works information be confidential?

How is Degree Works different from the degree audit program (CAAP)?

What is the current degree audit program (CAAP) used at SIU?

Is Degree Works the same as a transcript?

How is a degree evaluation different than a transcript?

What is the "What If"?

What if the major or minor is listed incorrectly or if the minor is not listed?

Which students can use Degree Works?

How current will student information be in Degree Works?

Can students register for classes in Degree Works?

Are student grades visible in DegreeWorks?

Is there a viewable list of all of the classes a student has taken and how many classes left to fulfill requirements?

Who does a student contact if they believe their academic information is incorrect?

Why isn't a student's information up-to-date in Degree Works?

Can a student update information in Degree Works?

What are attributes?


What is Degree Works?

Ellucian DegreeWorks is a comprehensive academic advising, transfer articulation, and degree audit solution that aligns students, advisors, and institutions to a common goal: helping students graduate on time.  It is a degree audit program and academic advising tool designed to assist students and advisors in reviewing degree progress. 

What are the benefits of using Degree Works?

  • Determine requirements needed to fulfill for degree completion
  • View individual course grades, cumulative GPA, and major GPA.
  • Determine courses taken or transferred, and how courses may count towards degree or elective credit.
  • View how coursework could be applied toward another major, minor or concentration using the “What If” option.
  • Estimate the number of semesters remaining for degree completion.
  • Learn the prerequisites and corequisites for courses.

When will Degree Works be available to campus?

The Degree Works is currently available to active SIU students via Salukinet.

Who will be able to use Degree Works?

Undergraduate students and academic advisors will be able to use the platform as an advising tool to better follow the student’s progress and determine remaining degree requirements.  Degree Works is currently available to all degree-seeking undergraduate students. Students with undergraduate catalog years prior to 2012-2013 will work with their academic advisors to develop their plan.  Advisors, faculty, and selected staff will also have access for the purpose of supporting student progress through their academic career.  Degree Works does not replace academic advisement.  Degree Works user manuals are available on myDegree.siu.edu

When available, can I access Degree Works on any computer?

Access to Degree Works will be available on Salukinet under the Degree Works tab. Anywhere you can log in to Salukinet will allow you access to Degree Works.

Will Degree Works information be confidential?

Like other processes you use through Salukinet, Degree Works is accessed through your secure log in. Remember that your advisor, faculty, and selected staff will be able to view the information contained in DegreeWorks.

How is Degree Works different from the degree audit program (CAPP)?

Degree Works is an advising tool that will produce an easier to read and user-friendly degree audit that allows students and advisors information in selecting coursework and understanding degree requirements.

What is the current degree audit program (CAAP) used at SIU?

CAPP (Curriculum, Advisement, and Program Planning) is the student information system (Banner) application that provides what we refer to as degree audit for students and advisors to check progress toward an academic goal (degree) against the program requirements.  Program requirements that appear in the undergraduate catalog along with course definitions are used to guide the degree audit function as it applies to the individual student. You can run a degree audit against your academic record from SalukiNet.

Is Degree Works the same as a transcript?

No. Degree Works is an unofficial audit of your coursework, as well as an outline of requirements still needed to complete your program of study. To order an official SIU transcript see the SIU transcript request policy.

How is a degree evaluation different than a transcript?

A degree evaluation is a tool to provide students and academic advisors with academic information related to a student's individual degree progress. It displays courses required and completed for a specific degree program. A student transcript is the official university record and provides a chronological list of courses completed and other academic information. Official transcripts must be requested from the Transcripts Office.

What is the "What If"?

The What If is a DegreeWorks feature that allows a student to select a program that they might be interested in pursuing to see how their completed and registered coursework would fulfill the requirements for that possible program.

What if the major or minor is listed incorrectly or if the minor is not listed?

DegreeWorks displays the major/minor officially record for the student. To make changes, students who have not declared a major or minor should contact an academic advisor to complete an official change of major/minor form and any other associated paperwork dependant upon specific major and/or minor.  

Which students can use Degree Works?

Currently, DegreeWorks is available to all degree-seeking undergraduate students who have catalog years from 2012-2013 to the present.  Students with prior catalog years will work with their academic advisor to develop their individual plan.  Degree Works does not replace academic advisement.  Advisors, faculty, and selected staff will also have access for the purpose of supporting your progress through your academic career.

How current will student information be in Degree Works?

The information in Degree Works is refreshed each night. Any changes made today will be seen in Degree Works tomorrow.  Academic advisors may also refresh student information within the platform when a record is updated.

Can students register for classes in Degree Works?

No. Degree Works is a snapshot of courses in-progress, planned, and in academic history. Student self-registration will continue to be handled through Salukinet.  Students will see their academic advisor for their updated student education plan, semester courses and Registration User Number (RUN).

Are student grades visible in DegreeWorks?

Yes, once grades have been processed at the end of the semester grades are viewable in Degree Works following the nightly refresh; however, though grades are viewable in Degree Works (and Salukinet) once posted, final grades are not available in Degree Works until after the final grading period for the University has ended. Courses in-progress are listed with an "IP" grade.

Is there a viewable list of all of the classes a student has taken and how many classes left to fulfill requirements?

Yes, to see a printable list of courses taken at SIU as well as transfer courses, go to the Audit tab and click on the Class History link at the top.  To identify requirements that you still need to complete, look for unchecked boxes.  DegreeWorks is laid out in block format displaying degree, major, minor, and concentration requirements information.  Even if a student has a hold, they will be able to view their Audit on Degree Works.   The Audit is not an official transcript.

Who does a student contact if they believe their academic information is incorrect?

Students should consult their academic advisor for a review of your audit.

Why isn't a student's information up-to-date in Degree Works?

There could be several reasons.

  • Degree Works may not have refreshed since a change was made (the information is refreshed nightly). 
  • There could be some paperwork that needs to be completed. For example, if you have completed transfer courses, it is possible that the university has not received an official transcript or the coursework is pending departmental review. Check with your academic advisor if your transcript or audit does not reflect transfer work you have completed.  
  • A substitution or waiver for a course requirement may not have been processed yet.  Check with your advisor to inquire about the status of the substitution or waiver.
  • Final grades have not been processed for the end of the semester. 

Can a student update information in Degree Works?

Students cannot update course information in DegreeWorks. Students may initiate changes to their academic program by contacting the academic advisement office offering the major/minor/concentration to review requirements. Students can complete a "What If" analysis for a major and minor they are considering prior to requesting the change.

What are attributes?

The University Core Curriculum (UCC) is required of all undergraduate students.  It is composed of three general areas:  Foundation Skills, Disciplinary Studies, and Integrative Studies.  Within each general area are one or more sub-areas from which a certain number of course credits must be earned in order to complete the UCC requirements.

Any course that satisfies part of the UCC has course attribute(s) that indicate what sub-area(s) of the UCC are satisfied.  These course attributes appear in the Schedule of Classes search results.  The following is a list of these attributes and what UCC area and sub-area they represent:

General Area Attribute Sub-Area Credits Required
I. Foundation Skills UC1A   (1A) Composition 6
  UC1B   (1B) Mathematics 3
  UC1C   (1C) Speech 3
  UC1D   (1D) Foundations of Inquiry 1-3¹  (or 3²)  (or 0³)
       
II. Disciplinary Studies UC2A   (2A) Fine & Performing Arts 3
  UC2B   (2B) Human Health 2
  UC2C   (2C) Humanities 6
  UC2D   (2D) Science group 1 - Physical Sciences 3
  UC2E   (2E) Science group 2 - Life Sciences 3
  UC2F   (2F) Social Science 6
       
III. Integrative Studies UC3A   (3A) Multicultural/Diversity 3
  UC3B   (3B) Interdisciplinary 0¹  (or 0²)  (or 3³)

¹ This applies to students whose catalog term is Summer 2015 or later.
² This applies to students whose catalog term is Summer 2012 through Spring 2015.
³ This applies to students whose catalog term is prior to Summer 2012.

More detailed information about the UCC is available here, as well as in chapter 3 of the Undergraduate Catalog.