Degree Audit Report Guide
A Guide to Reading Your Degree Audit Report
The Degree Audit Report used in this presentation is based upon the actual data of a CSC major's Degree Audit Report. To protect the student's privacy, we have removed the student's name and UIN. In addition, we have changed all of the student's grades to A and changed the semesters in which the student completed the courses so that the student's identity would be even less obvious to those who might know the person.
General thoughts about Degree Audit Report System
The Degree Audit Report System displays a series of requirements, so you might see a course appear in more than one of these requirements. This can be confusing. As you review your Degree Audit Report System, don't think of it as a novel that you read in order from beginning to end. Degree Audit Report System is more like a collection of essays. Each Degree Audit Report System section, like an essay in a collection, may be related to other sections of Degree Audit Report System but you should consider each section as a contained unit.
The Degree Audit Report System header
- You will normally see your name in this space.
- You will normally see your academic advisor's name in this space.
- Graduation date often scares students when they first notice it. We have no enrollment requirement: you can be part-time, you can be full-time, and you can take semesters off if you wish. In truth, we have no idea when you will actually graduate so Graduation Date doesn't reflect when you will finish your degree. What you see here is the deadline for you graduate. UIS policy states that you must complete your undergraduate degree within seven years of your first course taken at UIS in pursuit of that degree.
- Catalog year, typically, reflects a student's first semester at UIS. You must follow the policies and complete the requirements described in this catalog, although you do have the right to change your catalog year. If you change your catalog year, you must abide by all of the policies and requirements, not just the ones you like. You may see semesters represented by numbers, as you do here. The first 4 digits are the year and the last two digits represent the month in which a semester begins: 08 for fall, 01 for spring, and 05 for summer.
- Personally, I think the charts are confusing and seem to suggest things that may not be accurate, so I ignore them.
- The legend describes the codes you may see on your Degree Audit Report System.
- A red X means that a requirement section is not complete. In this case, the student has not finished General Education. When you finish a requirement section, the red X will become a green check mark.
- Requirement sections are typically divided into their components so that you can determine which part of the requirement you have completed and which part you have not. A plus sign means that a component is complete. In this case, the student has completed the English component.
- A minus sign means that a component is not complete. In this case, the student has not completed a humanities requirement.
- Grades appear in this place. In this case, TA means that the course is a transfer course and the student earned an A.
Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)
Computer Science requirements
You should work with your academic advisor to insure that you complete the necessary courses for your major. As you complete CSC requirements, you will see them listed in this section.
120 semester hours are required to earn a bachelor's degree . . .
This section tracks your total number of hours. You must earn 120 hours to graduate. DARS tracks the 120 hours in three parts.
You must complete at least 30 upper-division hours at UIS to earn a degree. The first section counts these 30 hours.
You must complete at least 48 total upper-division hours to earn a degree. The section continues counting your upper-division hours. Section 1 and section 2 must equal at least 48 hours.
You may earn as many as 72 hours of lower-division credit. The third section counts your lower-division hours. Unlike, the first two sections, you are not required to complete 72 hours of lower-division hours. On your Degree Audit Report, the third section may says that you "need X hours" but it would be more accurate to say that you have the opportunity to take X more hours of lower-division courses.
If you ever want to understand how close you are to finishing your degree, look at the Earned and Needs data. In this case, the student has earned 80 hours and need 40 more to finish.
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