University of Vermont

Office of the Registrar

Degree Works - Meetings

Agendas and Minutes

Degree Works Project Meeting Minutes

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 2:00pm

Facilitator     Veronika Carter

Attendees: Veronika Carter, Gail Starks, Naima Dennis, Becky Clark, Angela Lindstrom, David Alles, Tom Chittenden, Jennifer Prue, Marnie Owen, Jason Maulucci.


  1. Degree Works Demo: Becky
  2. Communications Plan: Naima
  3. Team Updates: Veronika


Degree Works Product Demo

  • Becky took the team through an example of a student audit in the Degree Works system. She covered everything from the different links and resources available to how transfer courses and exceptions are presented.
  • Also demonstrated was an example of the student's audit as viewed by an advisor. Becky showed us the exceptions tab and processing abilities available through this view.
  • The faculty members suggested:
  • - Moving the legend to the top of the page, rather than the bottom.
    - Alternatively, we could include the legend in our communications plans so that faculty and students are briefed up front what each symbol means.
    - Having advisor notes capabilities to provide general information on each student.

Campus Communications Plan

  • Suggestions were made for our communications plan roll-out to the University were discussed. Some ideas for providing efficient, engaging information on Degree Works. Timing and repetition are key to efficiently disseminating the information and making sure people see it. A list of ideas follows:
  • Providing hands-on tutorials and videos on how to use Degree Works, i.e. MyUVM videos
  • Blackboard Jungle presentation
  • CTL workshops
  • Email newsletter from Gary Derr
  • Faculty meetings held by deans and department chairs or Faculty Senate President Cathy Paris
  • Student service groups
  • Orientation leaders / RAs / ResLife
  • Broadcasting information during Advising Week

Expanding the Degree Works Team

  • Veronika discussed bringing on a new member to join our Degree Works team. We will ask the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to see whether they are able to provide someone.

Renaming CATS

  • We talked about whether CATs ought to be renamed in recognition of the brand-new system.
  • Ideas such as "following a path" or "climbing a mountain" were presented. "PATH" or "CATS PATH" as a potential new name that still alludes to the old traditional system?

Meeting Adjourned

Last modified August 22 2016 02:22 PM

Contact UVM © 2018 The University of Vermont - Burlington, VT 05405 - (802) 656-3131