Q: What is a Degree Audit?

A: A degree audit is a summary of the student’s degree requirements merged with the student’s academic record, which will provide a real-time assessment of the student’s progress towards graduation. The Audit is organized in blocks of like requirements such as the Foundational Core Curriculum (General Education) block, major requirements block, etc.

Q: How do I know who my Advisor is and how to contact them?

A: Your advisor is listed at the top of your degree audit and their name is linked directly to their email. New student advisor assignments are made during the summer preceding the student’s first semester.

Q: What is my Catalog Year?

A: When using your Degree Works audit you will see your Catalog Year displayed in the Degree bar. Students entering TU in Fall 2013 will have a Catalog Year in Degree Works of 2013-2014. Students that entered in Fall 2012 will have a Catalog Year of 2012-2013. If you entered in Fall 2011, your Catalog Year is 2011-2012, etc.

Q: If I am thinking of changing my major, how can I see how the classes I have completed will fit? 

A: You can run a “What-if” audit, found on the left side of the Degree Works Audit tab in your degree audit. Add your intended degree, major, etc. to the fields requested then click the Process What-If button. The results will show how your completed and in progress courses apply and what remains to be taken.

Q: Can I find my grades in Degree Works?

A: Your grades will appear on your audit once they have been posted at the end of each semester.

Q: Can I use Degree Works to register for classes?

A: Although your Audit will guide you in taking the correct classes, you will need to access TOWER through myTaylor to register for your classes. You may use the Registration Checklist in Degree Works to determine required courses you still need to take.

Q: I think my audit is incorrect. What should I do?

A: Please ask for help from your advisor or the Registrar's Office immediately! While we have done everything we could to make sure that your audit is correct, it is impossible for us to predict every unique situation or problem. We want to work with you to correct any issues as soon as possible. The first step is to clarify all information noted in the audit.

Q: When should I look at my degree audit?

A: At least four times a semester. You should always review this information:

~Before you meet with your academic advisor to discuss registration for an upcoming semester.

~After you register to ensure that the courses you selected applied to your requirements like you thought they would.

~After your grades for each semester are posted.

~Any time you make a change to your schedule.

 Q: How is my degree evaluation different from my transcript?

 A: Your degree evaluation is a tool to provide you with academic information related to your degree progress. It displays courses required and completed in your degree program. Your transcript is your official university record and provides a chronological list of courses completed and other academic information. Your official transcript must be requested from the Registrar's Office.

 Q: How does Degree Works decide where to place courses that I’ve completed?

 A: Degree Works looks at your program holistically, and places each course using a “best fit” scenario. When multiple possibilities exist, we've worked with department chairs to determine how most students will use a particular course. This process will not always be perfect, particularly when multiple possibilities exist, so if you have a course that does not appear in the area in which you believe it should, please contact your advisor or the Registrar's Office for assistance.

Q: Degree Works placed one of my courses in two different places. Is that okay?

A: In most cases, yes. Degree Works is programmed to recognize that some courses can fulfill more than one requirement. Be sure to look through requirements for your major in the University Catalog to make sure that this duplicate placement is appropriate. If you have any questions, contact your advisor or the Registrar's Office at registrar@taylor.edu.

Q: Are there requirements for graduation that Degree Works doesn’t check?

A: A few. While Degree Works is designed to check almost everything that you must complete to qualify for graduation, there may be additional requirements for your major that must be completed as well. You should use Degree Works in conjunction with the University Catalog and with any information that your major department provides to ensure that you remain on track for graduation. If you have questions about any additional requirements for your major, talk with your advisor during your next advising appointment.

Q: Everything on my worksheet is checked, but the degree progress bar only says that I’m 97% done. What’s wrong?

A: The degree progress bar will not show 100% completion until you finish all of your inprogress courses and earn acceptable grades in them.

Q: I’ve seen the @ symbol in several places on my worksheet. What does this mean?

A: This is a wild card in Degree Works. If the @ sign appears with course numbers after it (i.e., @ 100:499), it means that you can take a 100-400 level course from any subject area. If it appears after a subject prefix (i.e., PSY @), it means that you can take any Psychology course.


Q: I am a student athlete and my sport is not listed on the audit. Why?

A: A student's sport is listed ONLY for those who have been officially certified with the NAIA for that term. Generally this means that your sport will be displayed for the terms you are "in play".