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CAPP enhances academic planning

“What will it take for me to graduate? Am I on schedule? What if I change my major?”

A new degree-auditing tool makes it easier for students to get quick answers to these types of questions and track progress toward their degrees, said University Registrar Bob Kubat.

Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP), a Banner component that replaces the legacy progress reports in SSINFO, helps students (and their advisors) navigate through course requirements to better plan their academic careers.

Photo of Bob Kubat“The CAPP system is much more comprehensive than what we had before,” Kubat said. “It not only shows students just where they are on their academic path, but also gives advisors more time to advise — rather than spend hours plotting out a student’s progress on paper.”

CAPP, which interfaces with other parts of Banner (particularly its Academic History module), also can perform “what if” analyses so a student can see exactly how his or her course requirements would change — and how accrued credits would apply — should they change their major or other academic goal.

“This helps students make informed decisions about the feasibility of changing their programs,” he said.

The involvement of the academic community also is vital to CAPP’s success, Kubat said.

“The criteria CAPP uses to evaluate a student’s academic progress is provided by the individual schools and colleges, so the time ¬they spend defining these standards makes this a better product for their students.”

Instructions on how to use CAPP are available on the Office of the Registrar’s Web site.

“CAPP allows advisors to better help students prepare for registration — and graduation,” Kubat said. “Being able to automate an audit of a student’s coursework against their selected degree program is an important component of the new student systems.

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