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Degree Planner Release Updates

March 2022 Release Update

The Degree Planner Team has recently installed the most current release of the Degree Planner tool into Production. The various enhancements and bug fixes that may have affected our environment are detailed below. Generally, we receive an update release every quarter from High Point.

Please review the following and feel free to direct questions or concerns to Jesus Morales at moralej2@losrios.edu.

Changes:

  • An issue was resolved in Student Planner where lower priority Subplan requirements were scheduled ahead of higher priority requirements configured at the Plan level. (16846)
  • An issue was resolved in Student Planner with the alignment of the course sharing message. An issue was resolved when selecting multiple subjects in the requirement course modal. (16706)
  • An issue was resolved where the Mass Edit Max units modal was not allowing the user to save selection if the new unit value was ‘0’. (16840)
  • An issue was resolved where the elective modal was not opening as expected when attempting to select a course for a free elective. for a free elective. (16520)
  • An issue was resolved which caused the custom title for an option requirement to display in the “Select option” dropdown in Path Planner and for the option in the student Degree Planner. (16718)
  • An issue was resolved that impacted the calculation of a student’s academic level. (16692)
  • An issue was resolved with the display of dynamic requirements in an unselected option.
  • In Path Planner, an issue was resolved which caused a "00" Academic Level to be pre-populated in the “Min academic level” dropdown in the DP Prereqs modal for paths where “00" is a valid academic level. For institutions that use “00” as a valid Academic Level value, this change will not fix existing Path Planner lines. HighPoint cannot provide a script to fix existing lines since there is not a way to differentiate between valid “00" prereqs and those that should be blank. Institutions may want to blank these prereqs out using SQL. (16500)
  • In the “Add new paths” modal in Path Planner, an issue was resolved which caused the Years dropdown to display years that are prior to the Starting Year in Application Settings. (16826)
  • In the “Add new paths” modal in Path Planner, the Search field was added to allow users to filter the careers/programs/plans by career code, career description, program code, program description, plan code, and plan description. (16691)
  • New feature to display ‘Preview Plan’ on the dashboard to display the Print Path view. Expand/Collapse All buttons and Mass Edit Max Units have been moved to display under the Progress Chart and Past Courses. The ‘Preview Plan’ label can be configured in the message catalog override (message set 28498, messages 257). (16675)
  • Requirements, enrollments, and options are now sorted in alphanumerical order within a term. (16407)
  • Resolved issues on the mobile course modal view to address incorrect filters count and display of subject filter. (16579)
  • The ‘Term Overview’ dashboard will now display the header banner, which includes Name, Path Title, Path Actions, and Notifications, at the top of the page when scrolling. (16804)
  • The Electives filters are sorted in alpha-numeric description order for all fields. Various fixes for the Term Overview dashboard to address styling, fonts, branding, and sizing. (15180)

February 2022 Release Update

Beginning February 25, a new, enhanced Degree Planner Dashboard is available as part of the current release of the Degree Planner tool. Watch the following demo video on how to make the best use of the new Dashboard.

As a reminder, following user feedback, a new entry point into the Degree Planner tool is now available in eServices. Degree Planner is now located under the Manage Classes and Academic Progress tiles. The existing entry point will remain available for the immediate future.

Please feel free to direct questions or concerns to Jesus Morales at moralej2@losrios.edu or Frank Pahlke at pahlkef@losrios.edu.

January 2022 Release Update

The Degree Planner Team has recently installed the most current release of the Degree Planner tool into production. The various enhancements and bug fixes that may have affected our environment are detailed in the following list. Generally, we receive an update release every quarter from High Point.

Following user feedback, a new entry point into the Degree Planner tool is now available. It resides within Student Self Service (eServices). Degree Planner is now located under the Manage Classes and Academic Progress tiles. The existing entry point will also remain available for the immediate future.

Please review the following and feel free to direct questions or concerns to Jesus Morales or Frank Pahlke.

  1. An issue was resolved which caused the failed course count to display on the Term Overview dashboard when it is disabled on the General tab in Application Settings. (16153)
  2. An issue was resolved which prevented the Configured Plans report from working for SQL server environments. (16162)
  3. In Path Planner, an issue was resolved which caused the search filter on the Recommended Courses modal to not return results when searching by subject and catalog number. (16149)
  4. In Path Planner, notifications will indicate the status of new detail lines that were are added as inactive by default.
  5. In Path Planner, the clickable area for the Notes column has been increased to make it easier to open the Notes modal. (16209)
  6. The “Include Do Not Print Lines” checkbox has been added to the Req Exclusions tab in Application Settings. When checked, requirements and lines that are configured “Do Not Print” will be included in Path Planner. If the status in Path Planner is set to “Active,” the requirements will appear in Student Planner. Will not affect programs that are live (this item pertains to Degree Audit setups).
  7. The Mass Update Term units feature was enhanced to allow users to make multiple unit changes at once.
  8. The PG Term dropdown in the Projected Graduation report will now include terms where the year is equal to or greater than the Starting Year in Application Settings. (16219)
  9. Updated Path Planner logic so requirements that will always be satisfied will default to Inactive. (15045) This update will not affect programs that are live.
  10. An issue was resolved on the Term Overview dashboard which caused NaN% to display in the progress chart. Also fixed calculations on percentages and Planned courses. (16145)
  11. An issue was resolved which caused the splash screen to display in the student Degree Planner when navigating between pages. (15305)
  12. An issue was resolved in the Term Overview dashboard where users could not add courses to Schedule Builder after running Verify Path.
  13. An issue was resolved in Student Planner Print Path where the selected requirement title did not display for group requirements.
  14. An issue was resolved in Student Planner Print Path where the selected requirement title did not display for group requirements. (16099)
  15. An issue was resolved which caused the Lock option to display under Path Actions on the Term Overview dashboard for primary paths when “Allow advisors to lock the primary path” is not checked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Los Rios implementing Degree Planner?

Los Rios is committed to the California Community Colleges Guided Pathways framework – a highly structured approach to student success that provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decisions, help students in reaching their educational goals, and prepare them for future success.

What is Degree Planner?

Degree Planner is an interactive-planning tool that helps students complete their degree as efficiently as possible. Degree Planner integrates degree audit information, program maps, and course offerings to recommend the sequence of courses a student should take each semester. Degree Planner is also an interactive advising software tool that counselors can use to help students select and customize their pathway to degree completion.

How does Degree Planner work for students?

Degree Planner provides students with a semester-by-semester course plan to complete their degree in two years and for transfer (if they are attending college full-time). It also gives students the ability to interact with their degree plan, so they can alter their plan based on their individual needs and life circumstances. Students can select such things as the number of units they take each semester. They can rearrange their classes based on course availability and other factors, like which classes balance best with their workload, family responsibilities, and so on.

When a student makes a change to their plan, Degree Planner does not lose track of the classes a student still needs to take to complete their degree. It automatically updates the student's plan to accommodate the student's choices then re-prioritizes the student's remaining degree requirements.

Degree Planner also pulls in courses the student has already taken at any of the Los Rios colleges. If that course meets a degree requirement in the student's major, Degree Planner recognizes the equivalent course and re-prioritizes the remaining courses the student needs to complete their degree. Note that efforts are underway to develop a tool that will read transcript information from institutions outside of Los Rios and integrate it into Degree Planner. We'll provide more information when it's available.

How can Degree Planner help counselors work with students?

Counselors can help students customize their degree plan during a counseling session. The following video explains how counselors can use Degree Planner.

Here are other ways a counselor can help a student customize their plan. Counselors can:

  • Adjust the number of units a student takes each semester.
  • Move a course from one semester to another.
  • Enter notes at the course level, semester level, and plan level in a student's plan.
  • Develop "what if" plans with the student.
  • Make a copy of the student's plan, make changes to the plan in conversation with the student, and then "lock" the changes in place, keep a record of the plan and agreement between the student and counselor.
  • View a previous counselor's notes and locked plans.
  • Move planned classes into Schedule Builder to help the student enroll in those classes.

How can staff and others help students use Degree Planner?

Staff can help students use Degree Planner in the following ways:

  • Help students log into eServices.
  • Identify if a student has declared a live major and help navigate the student to the Degree Planner link.
  • If a student’s major is not live in Degree Planner, then inform the student they will not have access to Degree Planner.
  • Share the link to the Degree Planner Information for Students page, which contains a video and FAQ.
  • Walk the student through the tips in the program.
  • Practice using Degree Planner in a test site in preparation to walk students through the process.
  • Show students how to change the number of units they can take, move a class, validate their path, print a copy of their map, and move their classes into Schedule Builder to enroll.

Which students can use Degree Planner?

Degree Planner is in limited release right now. It is available to students who meet both of the following criteria:

  • The student became term-active at a Los Rios college in the summer of 2019 or later.
  • The student is majoring in a designated AA-T or AS-T degree at a Los Rios college.

See a list of all programs currently available in Degree Planner.

Note: Certain degrees are not yet live. We encourage students to view the list of programs currently available in Degree Planner and make an appointment with a counselor to confirm their degree is available.

How do students know if they have access to Degree Planner?

Only students for whom both of the following are true have access to Degree Planner in eServices:

  • The student applied to a Los Rios college in summer 2019 or later.
  • The student is majoring in or has declared a degree that is live in Degree Planner.

Where to Find Degree Planner

  1. From the eServices dashboard, click Academic Records, Academic Progress, or Manage Classes.
    Screenshot of eServices dashboard with arrow pointing to Academic Records tile
  2. The Degree Planner link will display in the section navigation menu if it is available to the student.
    Screenshot of eServices with arrow pointing to Degree Planner link

Students whose majors are not yet active in Degree Planner will not have access to this link at this time. However, students pursuing other degree programs will eventually have access as more programs are added to the system.

How can an employee tell if a student has access to Degree Planner?

With the student, go to their eServices homepage. Have the student select the Academic Records, Academic Progress, or Manage Classes tile. If the student's degree is one of the programs that is live in Degree Planner, then the Degree Planner navigation link will be on their page.

Only students for whom both of the following are true have access to Degree Planner in eServices:

  • The student applied to a Los Rios college in summer 2019 or later.
  • The student is majoring in or has declared a degree that is live in Degree Planner.

See a list of all programs currently available in Degree Planner.

Note: Certain degrees are not yet live. We encourage students to view the list of programs currently available in Degree Planner and make an appointment with a counselor to confirm their degree is available.

What if a student does not have access to Degree Planner?

If a student does not have access to the Degree Planner link, then their degree is not yet available in Degree Planner. The college teams are building these programs over the course of the academic year.

In the meantime, encourage the student to make an appointment with a counselor to develop an individual student education plan (iSEP). Students can view degree maps on the college website to determine which courses to take.

If the student has selected a program that is live in Degree Planner, but the Degree Planner link is not displaying, then check to make sure they became term active at your college in summer 2019 or later. If they did, then contact the Help Desk.

Note: Certain degrees are not yet live. We encourage students to view the list of programs currently available in Degree Planner and make an appointment with a counselor to confirm their degree is available.

Can a student use Degree Planner if they are "undecided" or have chosen a broad general education major as their academic goal?

Currently, only students who have selected one of the majors that is live in Degree Planner will have access to the tool.

During the CCCApply process, some students do not select a major (so they are "undecided") or they may select a general education area of study that is too broad to be considered a major. To proceed with enrollment, the system will prompt these students to select a specific major.

If a student selects or declares one of the majors that is live in Degree Planner, then they will have access to the tool through eServices.

Why doesn't every student have access to Degree Planner right now?

The goal is for every student to be able to use Degree Planner. However, it takes time to input and test the degree/academic programs to ensure that they are accurate. It will take time to perfect the tool – even with testing, issues may still arise that require adjustments to improve the accuracy, student experience, and the tool itself.

That's why we decided to release Degree Planner on a limited basis – it will enable the team to identify potential issues in the live environment, correct them, and improve the tool for all students.

What degrees does Degree Planner contain right now?

Degree Planner is in limited release and contains the most awarded AA-T and AS-T degrees our district offers. Students who have declared one of these majors (as of summer 2019 or later) will have access to Degree Planner via eServices. As more degrees (and eventually certificates) are added to Degree Planner, more students will be able to use the tool.

See a list of all programs currently available in Degree Planner.

Note: Certain degrees are not yet live. We encourage students to view the list of programs currently available in Degree Planner and make an appointment with a counselor to confirm their degree is available.

How can an employee learn more about Degree Planner?

College-specific training sessions are being planned for fall with information coming soon. In the meantime, review the following videos.

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