Registrar, IT Services, and Academic Affairs partner to enhance advising

Shepherd University is one of a cohort of West Virginia institutions taking advantage of a contract between WVNET and the Banner system to implement DegreeWorks, an enhanced web-based advising and degree audit system that soon will become the tool of choice for students and advisors.

A core team drawn from the Office of the Registrar, IT Services, and Academic Affairs has been working together since mid-October to begin the planning, training, and implementation process.

Joey Dagg, Director of IT Services and Co-Leader of DegreeWorks team
Rick Brandfass, Applications Support, IT Services
Tracy Seffers, Registrar and Co-Leader of DegreeWorks team
Lorraine Kitchner, Associate Registrar for Records
Yvette Fisher, Graduation Audit Specialist
Dr. Robert Warburton, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
Kelly Pannill, Director of the Academic Advising Center

Already, members of the team have travelled to Morgantown and Fairmont to attend hands-on planning and training workshops, which will continue through February. During the spring semester, watch for introductory workshops offered by the Office of Teaching and Learning that will allow advisors to become familiar with--and to provide essential input to--the new system.

DegreeWorks, when implemented, will be available for the curricula in catalogs from 2011-12 forward. The current degree evaluation system will provide one crossover catalog year, 2013-14, with future catalogs built only in DegreeWorks.

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