What is the BW Graduation Plan?
An online tool used by students to organize and track courses, the BW Graduation Plan facilitates timely graduation by creating an educational plan for success. It enables a student to plan courses for the next term as well as for his or her entire college tenure.
Benefits of the Graduation Plan
Building on the important relationship a student has with his or her academic advisor, the Graduation Plan facilitates online and face-to-face student-advisor discussion.
These interactions are a key part of a BW education because they help a student make the right choices with coursework, co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities like internships, study abroad, independent studies.
In addition, the Graduation Plan works with a student's Academic Program Evaluation (Eval). The Eval is a record-keeping online tool that allows a student to track which courses he or she has completed in the core, in his or her major and minor, and more.
The Eval also lists the courses for which a student is registered and the ones that are still needed to complete requirements. The Eval also tallies the total number of credit hours earned by the student.
As a companion to the Eval, the Graduation Plan facilitates the planning of coursework both now and in the future. It also gives students an understanding of how their actions and inaction can affect their anticipated graduation date.
Helping Students Succeed
The Eval and Graduation Plan are two online tools students can use to stay on track. Equally important are the academic advising appointments students have each semester.
These sessions enable students to review coursework, discuss co-curricular, study abroad and experiential learning activities, and plan ahead for graduate school, employment or other post-graduation opportunities. Other tips students can employ for graduating on time include:
- Carefully reviewing the college catalog and knowing all requirements for graduation.
- Taking an average of 15.5 credit hours each semester.
- Registering for classes as early as possible to avoid getting shut out of required courses.
- Being diligent in completing academic requirements during freshman and sophomore years and being aware of prerequisites needed for upper-level courses.
- Avoiding the need to drop courses. Dropping courses wastes time and money.
- Taking courses that meet more than one requirement (core as well as for a major) whenever possible.
- Considering summer school for needed coursework or to lessen the load during the school year.
- Seeking help with academic problems or personal difficulties as they arise.