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How to Use myPath

How do students interpret the degree audit in myPath?
The audit has two different views:
1) Student View showing the complete audit and
2) Registration Checklist showing the courses left to complete their degree.
myPath has different sections to assist students with reading their audit and analyzes a “Best Fit algorithm” to place student’s courses in the proper area. This data can change from day to day as changes/updates are made to student’s registration/record. When there are choices of where to apply a course, the "Best Fit algorithm" uses many pieces of information to determine the best place to apply each course in order to complete your degree in the most timely manner.
Student Information displays their degree choice and program requirements.
Legend assists students in reading the audit and interpreting some of the unique symbols.
Degree Block shows students their degree requirements and how they have been fulfilled through the current semester.
University Requirements shows the Basic Skills Requirements (WRT 150, WRT 305, two Supplemental Writing Skills Courses and MTH 110).
General Education block indicates courses that fulfill the general education requirements towards the degree.
Major/Minor block indicates the major requirements and shows the progress of the courses taken and which courses remain incomplete.
Degree Cognate block shows degree cognate requirements.
Professional Program – Teacher Certification block shows progress towards completion of teacher certification requirements.
Free Electives block shows courses that count toward the minimum credits required to graduate but are not used for any specific requirements.
Courses not Used block shows courses taken that are not used and/or not applicable towards graduation.
In-Progress block shows the courses students are currently taking.
 
What do all the different GPA's in the shaded bars mean?
The GPA in the shaded bars reflect the calculated GPA of the courses within that block (ex major, minor).
 
What is the Planner?
The educational planner assists students in planning their courses for future semesters to complete the desired program. The planner also includes easy access to Academic Program Plans for most degree programs.
 
What is the ‘What If’ option for?
The “What If” function allows students to hypothetically change their degree, catalog year, major, minor, or emphasis. The “What If” audit will show what coursework is required for the new major, minor or emphasis, what courses previously taken that are applicable to these requirements, and what courses are still left to take. The “What If” does not change the major/minor. Please note: In order to declare a major, students must go through the major declaration process in myBanner.
 
I noticed on the legend a box legend-box.  The definition is “Nearly Complete – see advisor.” What does that mean?
This means the rules to complete that particular program section require an advisor to approve that the student completed the requirements. One example is when all of the classes are met, but because of a class waiver or because a transfer class was not worth as many credits as a GVSU class, the minimum credit hour requirement has not been met and it causes the Nearly Complete symbol.
 
Why doesn’t the emphasis show that a student has picked for a major?
While all GVSU majors and emphases show as options, only valid majors and emphasis combinations will display on myPath. Please consult the catalog you are following for valid combinations of majors and emphases.
 
What if the audit does not reflect the most recent change?
Audits are updated on a nightly basis. Academic Advisors and faculty have the ability to request a more immediate audit if a student needs up to date information prior to the next business day. If there are questions or concerns pertaining to exceptions and waivers, please contact the advisor or the Records Office for clarification.

How are course repeats handled?
myPath reflects the repeats that have been processed in Banner. If the repeat has not yet been processed –e.g. the repeat is in progress, then both instances may count on the audit if the student did not fail the first attempt. For example, a major may require the specific course in one requirement and have another requirement that allows students to choose from a range of classes. If the repeated course falls in that range it will count twice until the end of the semester. At the end of the semester only one degree requirement will remain fulfilled.
In addition, if a passing grade was received in the first instance of the course, credit hours for both courses will be counted in a student's total credit hours on the Degree Evaluation until a grade is received in the repeat course."
 
What is counted in the "Credits Applied" field at the top of the audit?
The credits applied field at the top of the audit includes all graded and in progress courses that are counting toward the degree. Free electives are included in this total. Any course that falls into the Courses not Used category will not count toward the total credits applied. If a repeat is in process, both instances of the repeat will be included in this total. Once the repeated course has been graded and the previous course has been excluded, only the most recent course will count toward the total credits applied.
 
How are Themes interpreted on the audit?
Please note: The audit will track only one theme at a time based on the courses taken. This may not be the theme the student intends to complete. Students’ continued course selection will narrow the audit's placement of courses until one theme is completed and it alone appears on the audit.
 
How can students see other theme courses taken that are not the best fit?
The "Class History" option at the top of the audit will show all courses taken at GVSU or received in transfer. Students can use this listing to look for other matches in the Themes. Academic advisors can provide further assistance as needed.
 
Can course(s) be used to satisfy more than one requirement?
Yes, depending on the particular restrictions. For example, courses taken to fulfill General Education requirements will also count in the major and minor.
 
How are prerequisites handled?
If a course is listed with an “*” (asterisk), the course has a prerequisite. Students can click on the course with the asterisk to see the current catalog description of the course. Students will want to review their plan with their academic advisor to ensure that they have courses in the proper sequence. They can also review the course descriptions in the catalog and on myBanner for prerequisite information for each of the courses. Prerequisites shown as part of the course catalog listing are not enforced within the myPath planner although they will be enforced during registration.
 
What does the section of the audit called ‘Courses not Used – Insufficient Grade’ mean?
These are courses that may or may not fulfill degree requirements, but do not fulfill specific course requirements. These could include passed placement exams, low grades, withdrawals, repeated courses, etc. An example may be a course applied toward a degree requirement, such as passing the MTH 110 placement exam.
 
Will students be able to view their entire course history?
myPath uses current information from myBanner. Students will be able to view any courses that have been completed, registered or transferred by the date the audit was last refreshed. Data is refreshed nightly. Keep in mind that any transfer work or grade changes that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on the audit.
 
If a student thinks the audit is incorrect, who does the student contact?
The academic advisor is the primary point of contact. If the academic advisor determines that an audit is incorrect, he/she will contact the Records Office for assistance.
 
How do students know what classes need to be taken?
The audit will outline the courses needed to meet degree, major, minor, and/or emphasis requirements within each specific block. This information can be used to discuss the plan with an academic advisor.
 
What if there isn’t a check mark next to a requirement a student feels has already been completed?
This indicates that a degree requirement has not been met. The academic advisor is the primary point of contact. If the academic advisor determines that the audit is incorrect, they will contact the Records Office for follow-up. Refer to the legend located at the top of the audit for a full explanation of the symbols.
 
How do students know what classes need to be taken?
The audit will outline the courses needed to meet degree, major, minor, and/or emphasis requirements within each specific block. This information can be used to discuss the plan with an academic advisor.
 
 
Where can a student see their second major or minor?
myPath is designed to show a listing of the majors and minors in the Student View audit. Additionally, each major and minor is broken out into individual requirement blocks within the audit. Students pursuing simultaneous degrees will need to click on the Degree drop-down box at the top of the Student View audit in order to view the additional requirements.
 
Why isn’t transfer work meeting a requirement?
All requirements may have been met and this course is simply not needed. Check with your academic advisor if questions remain about the application of your transferred work.
 
If a student withdraws from a class, will that be reflected in the audit?
Courses withdrawn will appear in the “Courses Not Used – Insufficient Grade” block on the audit.
 
Why doesn’t a permitted course substitution appear on the audit?
A student should contact his or her academic advisor to resolve any substitution issue. Any waivers, substitutions, or exceptions for major, minor or emphasis must be communicated by the academic department to Records.
 
What is the process to apply for graduation?
Students should apply for graduation when they register for their final semester of coursework. The application for graduation is on-line on the Registrar's Office website in the Forms library. (http://www.gvsu.edu/registrar/). Forms can also be obtained at the Student Assistance Centers in Allendale or at the Grand Rapids Campus in the DeVos center.
The Records Office will begin the auditing process as soon as we receive the application. Students will receive a letter confirming that we have forwarded their graduation audit to their advisor for review. If their advisor's review indicates that there are outstanding requirements for graduation or if there are any general university requirements remaining students will be notified and will be ineligible to graduate unless they are resolved. Contact the advisor for assistance.
Once grades are final the Records Office will review the audit to make certain that all requirements have been completed and award their degree. If there are still outstanding requirements a letter will be sent detailing what remains to be completed. Students will have 30 days from the last date of the semester to complete requirements for their degree. If unable to complete all requirements students will need to reapply for graduation for a subsequent semester.
 
If all of the boxes are checked, does that mean the student is graduating?
The audit is intended as a guide. If the student completes all outstanding requirements in their final semester and all repeats have been properly processed the student should graduate. It is important that the student work with an academic advisor on an on-going basis to make certain all information is up-to-date. Students should apply for graduation at the time they register for their final semester. An official graduation audit will then be performed and any missing requirements will be communicated by the department and the Records Office.
 

 

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