Degree Requirements & Audits
Students should review their audit report each semester, and maybe even keep a printed copy, to make sure that their classes are being applied to their requirements as they should be. If you find a problem with your audit, contact your academic advisor.
The audit report used in this presentation is based upon the actual data from a number of LIS majors. To protect their privacy, we have removed their names and UINs. In addition, we have changed all of the students’ grades to A so that their identity would be even less obvious to those who might know them.
How to access your audit report
Go the the Records and Registration webpage. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Enter Degree Audit System” It may be a good idea to open your audit report now so that you can refer to it as you review this guide.
You can view your audit report as either a webpage (html) or a PDF. The audit report is most readable as a webpage so running the report in HTML format is the default. To run your audit report as a PDF, look for the “Click to view available options” link next to “Advanced Settings” If you click that link, you will see the expanded options shown below. Select “PDF” from the format menu. The PDF format is the best option for saving or printing your audit report.
The PDF version of your audit report will appear in a window. Look in the header of this window for two options. #1 will download a copy you can save to your hard-drive. #2 will print your audit report.
Your audit report reflects data from our records system but our record system is run by humans and, no matter how careful and well-meaning they are, they are humans and can make an error when they input data. When they discover an error, they correct it, which means your audit report can change unexpectedly. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to save copies of your audit report.
I would recommend saving a copy a) the first week of every semester, and b) whenever you use the audit system to make a decision (this way, you have a record of the information you used to make thatdecision.) These copies may be helpful with a student petition.
Audit report in PDF form
The PDF version of your audit report will appear in a window. Look in the head of this window for two options. #1 will download a copy you can save to your hard-drive. #2 will print your audit report. You could print the html version of your audit report but the PDF version is better formatted for printing.
Understanding your Audit Report
The audit report header
- Catalog year, typically, reflects a student’s first semester at UIS. You must follow the policies and complete the requirements described in this catalog, although you do have the right to change your catalog year. If you change your catalog year, you must abide by all of the policies and requirements in the new catalog, not just the ones you like.
- In my experience, the charts can be confusing. I’d rather students look at the actual data rather than the summary information.
Remember this space. When it is time to graduate, you will need to complete an online graduation application before a posted deadline. When you do this, your audit report will note “A graduation application has been submitted” in this space. This is how you can confirm that your graduation application is in place.
The legend describes the codes you may see on your audit report.
General Education Requirement Set
- A red X means that a requirement set is not complete. In this case, the student has not finished General Education.
- Requirement sets are typically divided into their components so that you can determine which part of the requirement you have completed and which part you have not. A green check mark means that a component is complete. In this case, the student has completed the English component.
- A blue ellipsis (…) means that a course is in-progress (you enrolled but have not received a final grade.) The grade for in-progress courses is always noted as IP. If you look at the other grades in this section, you’ll see some that start with a T. T means that this is a transfer course: T for transfer followed by the grade.
- A red X means that you have not yet completed this requirement.
Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Requirement Set
All UIS students must complete at least 10 hours of ECCE credit to earn a degree. These courses provide a distinctive element to the baccalaureate education at UIS, and encourage a commitment to making a difference in the world. Most of the coursework in this category is interdisciplinary and is designed to help students recognize the value of multiple perspectives. ECCE categories help students meet a number of learning outcomes.
Upon completion of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience at UIS, students should be able to:
- Recognize the social responsibility of the individual within a larger community.
- Practice awareness of and respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples in this country and in the world.
- Reflect on the ways involvement, leadership, and respect for community occur at the local, regional, national, or international levels.
- Identify how economic, political, and social systems operate now and have operated in the past.
- Engage in open-minded and ethical decision-making and action.
- Distinguish the possibilities and limitations of social change.
In Section I, you see the three ECCE categories: U.S. Communities, Global Awareness, and Engagement Experience. You must complete at least nine hours of these courses and you must have at least three hours in at least two of the three categories. Said another way, plan to take at least three ECCE courses and don’t take all three of them in a single ECCE category
In Section II, you see the Speaker Series requirement. This is the only upper-division class that all UIS graduates must complete. You can learn more about Speaker Series on their website. You may take Speaker Series a second time but you may not apply the credit to the requirements of ECCE Section I.
Degree Requirement Set
There are some courses that all students seeking a degree must complete. In addition, students must take a number of elective courses.
The example below is for a Liberal Studies major.
“120 semester hours are required to earn a bachelor’s degree . . .” Requirement Set
This section tracks your total number of hours. You must earn 120 hours to graduate. Your audit report tracks the 120 hours in three parts.
Section 1: You must complete at least 30 upper-division hours at UIS to earn a degree. The first section counts these 30 hours.
Section 2: You must complete at least 48 total upper-division hours to earn a degree. The section includes upper-division transfer courses and continues counting your upper-division UIS hours. Section 1 and section 2 must equal at least 48 hours.
Section 3: You may include as many as 72 hours of lower-division credit in your 120-hour degree. The third section counts your lower-division hours. Unlike, the first two sections, you are not required to complete 72 hours of lower-division hours. On this audit report example, the third section says that the student needs eight hours but it would be more accurate to say that the student has the opportunity to take 8 more hours of lower-division. Since sections 1 and 2 will only hold 48 hours of upper-division hours, additional upper-division hours will also appear in section 3.
If you ever want to understand how close you are to finishing your degree, look at the Earned and Needs data. In this case, the student has earned 105 hours and need 15 more to finish.
Many thanks to Andy Egizi for permission to share his degree audit materials.