August 24, 2009

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

VSU Launches New Advising Program

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University recently launched DegreeWorks, an electronic advising tool that monitors and assists in advising and enrollment management functions. The Web-based system provides an easy and accessible method for students to monitor their course requirements for graduation and allows for greater time management and accuracy in the advising process.

“DegreeWorks is a powerful tool for helping adviser and students monitor progress towards a degree” said Dr. Louis Levy, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “The software also allows the students to determine the consequences of changing their major or altering their schedule of classes.”

Departments and colleges may create a standard four-year plan that applies to all students within the major, while still allowing flexibility in setting individual student goals. The planning component allows for enhanced scheduling options and greater enrollment management opportunities.

“Along with the two-year schedule of course offerings, this software permits students to plan their schedules and to reduce the number of scheduling mistakes,” Levy said. “At the university level, DegreeWorks will allow us to promote an efficient array of courses each semester.”

Alicia Roberson, academic adviser at the Student Success Center, said the first year will serve as a test process. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend scheduled training sessions and provide feedback.

Faculty training sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 2 and 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. General training sessions for students are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. All training sessions will take place in room 3270 of the Odum Library. Additional faculty training will be scheduled within individuals departments.

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