Introducing Degree Works

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The Next Generation of Degree Auditing Services

Degree Works is a powerful and comprehensive degree auditing program that SUNY Cortland is adopting to replace the CAPP Degree Audit. Degree Works is part of the Banner and Ellucian suite of software products. The new Degree Works system is designed to work in concert with our existing Banner tools and services, and will provide seamless communication between a student's Banner academic history and the degree audit.

Why are we Replacing CAPP?

Degree Works has been purchased for the entire SUNY system and is required to support the Seamless Transfer and Student Mobility initiatives. As a result, SUNY Cortland has been directed to move to the new system to support system-wide initiatives as outlined in the SUNY Degree Planning and Auditing project.

Many campuses are currently working toward implementing the new system as part of the system-wide phased rollout. SUNY Cortland team members are currently working collaboratively with our colleagues at SUNY Upstate, SUNY Canton and Alfred State to prepare the system.  

Degree Works represents the next generation of degree auditing tools, and has a much more robust feature set. The system offers many advantages over CAPP, especially in its visual display and ability to convey and represent more information and requirements. Additional features include:

  • Easy to read and comprehend visual cues 
  • Visual progress meters
  • Clean and concise layout
  • More comprehensive requirement advice
  • Class summaries and coursework views
  • Planning tools for faculty, staff and students
  • Ability to store and transmit advising notes and advice
  • GPA calculators for students
  • Improved "What If" auditing and new "Look Ahead" planning tools
  • Tighter integration with registration and course data
  • Improved substitution, waiver and exception reporting and management

CAPP to Degree Works Transition Overview

Degree Works builds on our existing Banner Student Information System, and will seamlessly integrate our existing data in Banner into the new degree audits (called "worksheets" in Degree Works). While CAPP and Degree Works are very different systems, the structure and programs developed within CAPP will serve as a template for the Degree Works implementation.

Degree Works offers a great deal of additional requirement programming ability, and allows us to fine-tune requirements and experiences in new and more robust ways. We anticipate that Degree Works will be able to better accommodate complex program requirements and be able to draw in additional experiences much more easily (such as test scores, certifications, and workshops).