Beginning with the fall 2013 entering class, Binghamton University students will use Degree Works—a web-based academic advising, degree audit and transfer articulation tool that can accommodate complex curricular requirements—to track their requirements and progress toward their degrees.
With plans to implement Degree Works in fall 2013 for newly admitted freshman and transfer students, Degree Works will gradually replace DARS, the degree audit system currently in use on campus. The campus will run parallel systems for several years: continuing students will use DARS and new students will use Degree Works.
Part of the Ellucian suite of products, Degree Works is fully integrated with Banner, the student data system used by Binghamton University. Features of Degree Works include degree-planning tools that allow students to map out their academic plans for each semester and improved tools for compliance with NCAA regulations.
Degree Works is being implemented across all SUNY schools as an integral part of Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s efforts to promote transfer mobility. After it is fully implemented throughout SUNY, students at any SUNY school will be able to run an audit to see how their courses will transfer into a degree program at another SUNY school. Binghamton University will be one of the first in the SUNY system to implement Degree Works.
“Once fully implemented, Degree Works will enhance campus-wide retention efforts and improve student time-to-degree,” said Amber Stallman, associate director of student records, who is leading Binghamton’s Degree Works implementation.
Training will begin in April for faculty and staff. Binghamton’s Degree Works implementation team will discuss training plans with schools and departments later this spring.