About the Project



The degree audit is a tool for students and advisors that maps courses a student has taken to their intended degree requirements. At UCSC the degree audit is known as the Degree Progress Report (DPR, formerly known as the Academic Advisement Report) and uses the Academic Advisement module in Campus Solutions (Peoplesoft/myUCSC). The scope of this project is to improve all aspects of the degree audit and the inputs which feed it. The large scope of the project includes key stakeholders in Undergraduate Education, ITS, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions, the Academic Senate, and Disciplinary Divisions. Key constituents of this project are students, college and major advisors, and divisional curriculum analysts. Though these are the groups most likely to use the degree audit, a truly robust system will provide use cases for nearly all students, staff, and faculty on campus. Throughout the project, input from these groups will be crucial to stay on time to project completion and ensure the end result is one that meets the needs of our campus.

The objectives of this project are:

  • Provide electronic degree audit capability for all undergraduate majors, minors, and colleges by Fall 2025
  • Provide students, staff, and faculty an intuitive user interface to access accurate and complete degree progress
  • Provide staff an intiutive interface to access aggregate degree completion information
  • Reduce manual effort requried by staff to support the degree audit by 30%
  • Reduce time and effort required for admissions staff to clear records/process transfer credit by 30%
  • Create realistic plans for maintaining degree audit data into the future and provide transparency into the process
  • Improve cross-campus collaboration in support of degree audit
Update Improve Expand
  • Update degree audit for all programs to the current catalog year
  • Maintain up-to-date status through improvements to processes and policies
  • Explore changes to catalog update process
  • Improve transfer credit processes
  • Create a more user-friendly visual experience
  • Improve logic to create a smarter, more dynamic degree audit
  • Add additional features where desired and feasible
  • Consider the implementation of additional software which leverages the DPR in Peoplesoft
  • Potential new features could be designing degree plans, building schedules, and automating manual processes