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DegreeWorks
 Frequently Asked Questions

What is DEGREEWORKS?
What are the benefits in using DEGREEWORKS?
How do I access DEGREEWORKS?
         How do I create a CUNY portal account?
How is the DEGREEWORKS audit organized?
Do I automatically graduate if everything is checked off?
When should I look at my DEGREEWORKS audit?
When should I use DEGREEWORKS?
How is a DEGREEWORKS audit different from a transcript?
How do I use “WHAT IF” Planning?
Can I change my major on DEGREEWORKS?
What is the GPA calculator?
How do I use the GPA calculator?
Who can show me how to use this program effectively?
What if I think my audit is incorrect? 
How does my earned AA or AS or baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree affect my plan?
How do I use the plan to choose courses?
Does the DEGREEWORKS Audit show all my courses even if I have taken them elsewhere?
Who can see my degree audit?
Can I use DEGREEWORKS to make my schedule, check course availability or register?
 

WHAT IS DEGREEWORKS?

DEGREEWORKS” is a computerized degree audit program and academic advising tool designed to assist you and advisors in reviewing your degree progress.  A Web-based program, DEGREEWORKS re-organizes your transcript chronologically and categorically, easily identifying courses you have completed and what courses you still need in order to fulfill your degree requirements.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS IN USING DEGREEWORKS?

DEGREEWORKS will help you:  

  • Determine what CSI requirements you need to fulfill in order to complete your degree.
  • Identify what requirements you have completed in the general education, liberal arts and sciences, major, minor and concentration areas.
  • View individual course grades, cumulative grade-point average (GPA), and major average.
  • Determine which courses you have taken or transferred, and which ones count as electives.
  • View transfer credits, waivers, and exemptions applied toward degree.
  • See how your coursework could be applied toward another major, minor, or concentration using the What If option.
  • Project grade performance using the GPA calculator.
  • Confirm your academic standing.
  • Determine whether there are holds or stops on your record.
  • Estimate how many semesters it will take you to graduate.
  • Plan future course schedules utilizing the Planner option to see how your selections will affect the progress towards your degree.
  • Learn the prerequisites and corequisites for courses by clicking on the course numbers.

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HOW DO I ACCESS DEGREEWORKS?

Go to CUNY Portal login at www.cuny.edu.  If you do not have a CUNY portal account, follow the directions below to create one in order to use DEGREEWORKS on this site. 

How Do I Create A CUNY Portal Account?

  • Log on to the CUNY portal homepage at www.cuny.edu.
  • Click on the Log-in link in the left column.
  • Click on Register Now!
  • On the New User Registration screen, select the option that best describes your affiliation with the college (student, faculty, etc.).
  • On the User Validation screen, enter your last name, Social Security number, and date of birth.
  • Click on Next, then confirm the information you entered by clicking Confirm.
  • You will now see a screen on which you can change your username, create a password, and enter an email address. Be sure to list an accurate email address since the CUNY help desk will use this address in case you forget your password. Write down your username and password and store it in a safe place. Once you have entered the needed information, click the Save tab.
  • Enter your username and password and click Log-in.
  • The My Page screen will open and you will be logged onto the CUNY portal.

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HOW IS THE DEGREEWORKS DEGREE AUDIT ORGANIZED?

The audit appears in categorical sections:

  • Student biographical information: Information about the student that is independent of degree choice. You and your advisors may use this information to determine obstacles to registration, eligibility for certain sections and possibility of academic standing difficulties.
  • Other information: Degree selection and catalog year are entered to identify which degree requirements you should follow.
  • Summary List of Degree Requirements: At the beginning of the audit, all of the requirements are listed in a single section. As requirements are fulfilled, the boxes next to each requirement are checked off. 
  • Liberal Arts and Science Requirement: The total of the number of credits that satisfy the liberal arts and science requirement. This box will be checked when the required       number of credits has been reached.
  • CUNY Skills Requirements: Indicates the passage of the ACT Reading and Writing Test and the CUNY Compass Math Test. This section also provides math placement and suggestions for remedial reading and writing courses.
  • General Education Requirements: These degree requirements include ENG 111, ENG 151, COR 100, and PED 190, as well as courses from the following categories: Scientific Analysis, Social Scientific Analysis, The Contemporary World, Textual Aesthetic and Linguistic Analysis, Pluralism and Diversity, and Foreign Language. The blue bar displays the year of the catalog when you first entered the College (this determines the general education requirements that you must follow).
  • Major, Minor, and Concentrations: Each major, minor and concentration will be displayed in a block indicating the program requirements, the courses that may be used to fulfill them, and/or the courses you have already taken to complete the requirements. The blue bar which displays the major, minor, or concentration, also includes the year of the catalog in use when you first entered the college (this determines the degree requirements to be followed in order to graduate), the GPA for    the major, as well as the credits already applied.
  • Additional/Miscellaneous: Contains all the courses you have taken that do not fulfill defined degree requirements.  These courses may not be eligible for Federal and State Financial Aid. 
  • Insufficient: Lists all courses taken with grades that are insufficient to fulfill degree requirements, such as F, WU, W, WA, ABS, INC, Z, and @grades (courses that have been repeated).
  • In Progress: Lists all courses you are currently taking or have registered for in a future semester.

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DO I AUTOMATICALLY GRADUATE IF EVERYTHING IS CHECKED OFF?                 
                       
In order to graduate, you must file and application for graduation with the Registrar's Office. There is no fee for this application.  Applications may be obtained and filed online at or in person at Enrollment Services in the North Administration Building 2A-110.  To apply for graduation you must have completed a minimum of 34 credits earned for associate degrees, 94 credits earned for baccalaureate degrees, and 15-34 credits based on the total number of credits required for the master’s degrees.         

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WHEN SHOULD I LOOK AT MY DEGREEWORKS DEGREE AUDIT?

  • Anytime! DEGREEWORKS is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from most networked computers.
  • Before meeting with an academic or major advisor, go to the Web and print out your audit.
  • Before registration, print out your audit and use it to plan your program for the semester.
  • After registration, confirm that the courses selected complete the requirements you still need.
  • View your audit after grades are posted.
  • Before you file for graduation, review your academic record.

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WHEN CAN I USE MY DEGREEWORKS AUDIT?

Use your DEGREEWORKS Audit when:

  • Reviewing your progress with an academic or major advisor.
  • Creating a list of questions to discuss with your advisor.
  • Identifying courses that need to be completed.
  • Selecting courses that meet your degree requirements.
  • Determining a projected graduation date.
  • Choosing a major.
  • Deciding whether to add a minor.

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HOW IS A DEGREEWORKS DEGREE AUDIT DIFFERENT FROM A TRANSCRIPT?

DEGREEWORKS is not your academic transcript nor is it an official notification of completion of degree requirements. Changes made to your official CSI academic record will take at least 24 hours to be reflected in your DEGREEWORKS audit report.  This progress report does not supersede the CSI Catalog and/or amendments passed by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Your transcript, however, is your official college record, and it must be requested from the Registrar’s Office by completing a request form online at or in person at Enrollment Services in the North Administration Building 2A-110. If you are receiving New York State Financial Aid (TAP), please review your courses and your choice of major with an advisor in building 1A, room 101 before submitting a change of major form.

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HOW DO I USE “WHAT IF” PLANNING?

To view how your courses count in a different major, you must:

  • Click on the "What If" button.
  • Select the degree you are considering.
  • Select the catalog year that matches the year you will select that major.
  • Select additional majors, minors and/or concentrations.
  • Click Process Audit
  • Review carefully how your courses would count in this new major.
  • Discuss this new major with a department advisor.
  • Decide if you want to change or add an additional major.
  • Follow CSI procedures to change or add a major.

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CAN I CHANGE MY MAJOR ON DEGREEWORKS?               
                       
You must declare your change of major with the Registrar.  To declare a change of major you may download the form and mail it to the Registrar at 2800 Victory Blvd, 2A-110, Staten Island, NY 10314 or you may obtain the form and file in person at Enrollment Services in the North Administration Building 2A-110.

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WHAT IS THE GPA CALCULATOR?

  • Graduation Calculator: Determines what grades you need to reach your desired GPA upon graduating.
  • Term Calculator: Sets specific goals for the classes in your current term.
  • Advice Calculator: Determines how many credits of a specific grade average you need to reach your desired GPA.

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HOW DO I USE THE GPA CALCULATOR?

  • Choose a GPA Calculator type and click Load.
  • Fill in requested information and click calculate.

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WHO CAN SHOW ME HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM EFFECTIVELY?

During the semester, the College will offer various CLUE events to introduce students to DEGREEWORKS.  Please look for these in the “CLUE NEWS”. Advisors in building 1A, room 101 will also provide individual help when available.

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WHAT IF I THINK MY AUDIT IS INCORRECT?

If you think that a requirement for a major, minor or concentration is incorrect, you should meet with an advisor in your department or with the official college catalog. If you think that a requirement for General Education is incorrect, you should meet with an advisor in building 1A, room 101. 

If, after these conversations, you believe that the audit is incorrect or if the audit is not showing an exemption which you have been given, please write to us by pressing the contact us button, in the upper right hand corner of your audit, and fill in the required fields of the DEGREEWORKS Concern form.

You will be notified by e-mail as your concern is addressed. Remember that the DEGREEWORKS audit is an aid to advisement; it is not an official graduation degree audit.  If you have applied for graduation, you should wait for the official notification from the Registrar concerning your candidacy.

Students who have graduated may not see an audit once the graduation notation has been posted to their transcript.  Students considering readmission will not be able to see a degree audit until they officially readmit to the college.

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HOW DOES MY EARNED AA OR AS OR BACCALAUREATE (BA OR BS) DEGREE AFFECT MY PLAN?

If you have an AA, AS or baccalaureate degree on record, the plan should show that all general education requirements have been satisfied. The pre-major, major, concentration and minor requirements will still show in their own categories.

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HOW DO I USE THE PLAN TO CHOOSE COURSES?

You will see on the plan those requirements that you have not yet fulfilled. Next to each requirement is a list of courses that fulfill that requirement. You can click on those courses to see if you have the prerequisites and look at the course description. If you look at the first few courses in a category and you do not have the prerequisites, it is likely that you do not have the prerequisites for the entire category. Move on to check another degree requirement. Once you have chosen several courses that you will be able to take place them in the planner and run another audit to check that those courses will all count for your degree. Then, you can go to the E-SIMS registration system (button at top of degree audit) to check for times and open sections to make your schedule.

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DOES THE DEGREEWORKS AUDIT SHOW ALL MY COURSES EVEN IF I HAVE TAKEN THEM ELSEWHERE?

Yes, all courses transferred in from other colleges, taken in the military, on permit or in study abroad should show on your degree audit. Certain courses may not be applied to your major if you have exceeded the allowable number of credits under the residency requirement.

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WHO CAN SEE MY DEGREE AUDIT?  

You have access to your degree audit through your CUNY Portal Account. If you give family or friends access to your portal account, they will also be able to see your degree audit.
Staff advisors, Faculty Advisors, Deans, and selected Registrar, Admissions and Enrollment Services staff will have access to your degree audit.

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CAN I USE DEGREEWORKS TO MAKE MY SCHEDULE, CHECK COURSE AVAILABILITY OR REGISTER?

DEGREEWORKS provides information on degree requirements. It allows you to plan for registration.  However, it does not provide information about specific course offerings for a particular semester. You cannot use DEGREEWORKS to make your schedule because it does not include information on meeting dates, times and room numbers. You also cannot register through DEGREEWORKS. However, after you have planned what courses you would like to take, you can use the easy button at the top of the page which will take you directly to E-SIMS where you can check open sections, make a schedule and register.

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