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DegreeWorks Info & Frequently Asked Questions for Advisors

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is an advising tool available to students, faculty, and advisors. The application can be accessed via myCommNet login.

Degree Works provides access to a student's academic history and applies that academic history towards the degree program the student is enrolled in. Students can also view "What-If" audits to see their academic history applied to a different degree.

Please review the How-to Videos to learn how to access and use Degree Works and read the FAQs below to get answers to your questions.

How-To Videos Login to Degree Works


NOTE: If you are not directed to Degree Works when you click the link in myCommNet you may need to disable Pop-Ups in your browser.

About

About Degree Works

Degree Works is a Web-based tool for students to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. Degree Works also allows students and their faculty advisors to plan future academic coursework by viewing courses remaining.

A Degree Works degree evaluation is a review of past, current and in-progress coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to complete a degree or certificate.

Students who are enrolled in two academic programs will be able to view both programs by choosing from the Program drop-down list next to the right of their name in the Degree Works display.

Once you have logged into myCommNet you will see the Degree works portal with links to the college (or colleges) where you are a student. Choose the Naugatuck Valley Community College link to view your NVCC degree evaluation.

Yes. Degree Works is accessed through secure login to myCommNet. Once logged in you can access Degree Works by clicking the college name in the Degree Works portal. Degree Works will open in a new window. It is very important that you log out when you are finished to ensure that your information remains confidential.

Only you and your faculty advisor will be able to see your degree evaluation, other students will not be able to see your degree evaluation unless you let them, or if you fail to logout when you are finished.

No. Degree Works is a snapshot of courses in-progress and in academic history. Registration, add/drop, etc., are still handled through the registration function in myCommNet.

Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the semester, they are viewable in Degree Works. Courses in-progress are listed with a grade of "REG" and the credits in parentheses.

No. Degree Works is a degree evaluation of your progress toward graduation as well as an outline of requirements still needed to complete your program of study.

Yes. Click on the "Unofficial Transcript" link at the top for a printable list of courses taken.

You should consult your faculty advisor and review your degree evaluation with him/her to ensure accuracy

You cannot update course or curriculum information in Degree Works. If you need to change your major you must complete a Change of Major/ form available on the NVCC website under “Office of the Registrar” or in the CAPSS office (K520) then deliver it to the Registrar’s office (K516).

Using the Degree Evaluation

Using the Degree Evaluation

A degree evaluation will display the courses a student has taken and any courses that are in progress. The degree evaluation will show any degree requirements that have been met by the courses taken or that may be met upon satisfactory completion of courses in progress.

Degree Works uses the information that is current on a student’s transcript. Any courses that have been completed, registered for, transferred in by the date the degree evaluation was last refreshed (an overnight process each night) will be displayed. Keep in mind that any transfer work or grade changes that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on a student’s degree evaluation.

Note: If the student’s record has had any Banner changes since the nightly run (grades, registration, add/drop, etc.), advisors can click the ‘Process New’ button to refresh the degree evaluation with the very latest Banner data.

A degree evaluation will outline the courses still needed to meet degree requirements. In order to view only the courses remaining choose ‘Courses Remaining’ in the drop-down box that displays ‘Degree Evaluation’.

Yes.  By clicking on a course in the degree evaluation or courses remaining you can view any pre-requisites required, as well as course sections available for the upcoming semester.

Courses from which a student has withdrawn will appear in the insufficient block on the degree evaluation.

About the ‘What If’ Feature

About the ‘What If’ Feature

The ‘What If’ function shows what a degree evaluation would look like with a different program. The new ‘What If’ degree evaluation will show the student what coursework is required for the new major, what courses have to be taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are remaining.

Note: New programs may appear in the ‘What-If’ Feature before they appear in the NVCC college catalog.

No. The ‘What If’ function shows what a degree evaluation would look like with a different program. This DOES NOT officially change the student’s record,


Yes. ‘What If’ plans can be saved in Degree Works and be viewed later in ‘What If History’ provided the advisors save the ‘What If’. Students will not be able to view a saved ‘What If’ unless they are viewing with his/her advisor logged in.

If a student would like to change their major they must complete a Declaration of Major/Change of Major form available on the NVCC website under ‘Campus Resources’, in the CAPSS office (K520), or Admissions office (K500) obtain the necessary approvals, then deliver it to the Office of the Registrar (K516).

Adding notes

Adding notes

Notes track conversations and advice provided to students. All Notes entered into Degree Works are viewable by the student! Never enter personal information about the student, such as about health, disabilities, financial information, etc.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

Yes! All Notes entered into Degree Works are viewable by the student! Never enter personal information about the student, such as about health, disabilities, financial information, etc.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

The Notes content will display on a student audit and should be kept very succinct.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

No, Notes apply to the student’s record as a whole, not to individual audits (degree evaluations) included in the student’s record.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

When Notes are displayed the author and date of the Note will be included.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

No, Notes entered in Degree Works will remain with the student’s record in Degree Works but WILL NOT appear anywhere in Banner.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

Only the Registrar can edit any Notes on student record. Email the Registrar with the necessary information (Student ID & Note to be removed) and the note will be deleted.

Waivers/Exceptions

Waivers/Exceptions

When a waiver has met all approvals it will appear on a student’s degree evaluation as an “Exception”. Exceptions are permanently part of the student’s Degree Works audit and will be viewable only in Degree Works.

No, NVCC’s waiver procedure remains the same, The only difference now is that a waiver is visible to the student and their advisor whenever they review the degree evaluation. Exceptions are permanently part of the student’s Degree Works audit and will be viewable only in Degree Works.

The final step in the waiver process is to present the Waiver form to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar will apply the waiver to Degree Works as an exception. Only the Registrar can add an Exception to Degree Works.

Printing

Printing

You can print your degree evaluation by clicking on the “Print” button at the top. For a more print-friendly view, save your degree evaluation as a PDF (click Save as PDF button) and then print the document.
GPA Calculators

GPA Calculators

The Graduation Calculator enables you to determine the GPA you will need to earn on AVERAGE for the rest of the courses you need to take in order to graduate with a specific desired GPA.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

The Term Calculator enables you to estimate the Term GPA based on the projected grades for the classes that you are currently taking.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

The Advice Calculator provides you with different “paths” that you can potentially take to earn a desired GPA.

For a thorough explanation visit the How-to Videos

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