Through Pipeline, advisors can access not only a student’s transcript but also a “degree evaluation.” This function allows one not only to check a student’s current status in the major, minor, and Gen Ed, but also to create a “what if” analysis, showing a student how his/her courses map to a different major or minor. Instructions for running a degree evaluation can be found here. The degree evaluation function is a useful tool, but THE PROGRAM IS VERY, VERY BUGGY! So, just because something is wrong in the degree eval doesn’t mean it is wrong in the student’s permanent record. Below are some common degree eval errors:
- It will put a class the student needs in the minor into Gen Ed, leaving the requirement in the minor listed as “unmet”.
- It will list the FIRST science course a student takes as the lab science, with a “NO” in the “met” column, and the lab science in the non-lab spot, also with a “NO.”
- It frequently gets the period designation of ENG courses wrong, especially topics courses like ENG 448, 458, 488, which often end up not in the major at all but in the Unrestricted Electives category at the end of the evaluation.
- It does not always list appropriately courses for which a student HAS gotten a substitution form.
- Occasionally it omits courses taken in summer and winter terms! If an advisee is approaching graduation and believes a requirement has been fulfilled but the degree eval says no, check against the transcript.
When a student applies for graduation, a degree auditor will do a “manual” evaluation of the student’s courses which will often fix the mistakes made by the computerized degree evaluation. If a student understandably doesn’t want to wait until that point, he/she can use the Registrar’s Degree Evaluation Question Form, or can see the Chair about completing substitution paperwork to correct the error.