Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about degree audit reports. What is this degree audit report you advisors keep harping about?
Ah, the degree audit reports, the adviser’s best friend. And yours too, if you know what it does. Your degree audit report, which you can access through Duck Web, allows you to keep track of your academic progress. It provides a complete breakdown of your university general education requirements and the requirements of all the majors and minors you have declared. Now, this isn’t just a static list of academic requirements. Your audit also shows you where you stand in relation to these requirements. In other words, if a requirement is complete, the audit tells you it’s complete.
Some of you feel intimidated by your audit, we know. Don’t be. It is pages and pages long and it’s not the most attractive looking document, but if you take some time and slowly read through it, you’ll find it provides a wealth of information.
The reason why advisors harp on audits so much is because it provides us with a snap shot of where you stand academically. Your questions to us are often of the requirements nature. One way to assure we provide you with good advice is for us to first see what you’ve done and what you haven’t. We do insist you print out your audit and bring a current copy to your advising meeting. We advisors often write notes on that audit so you’ll have a written reminder of what we discussed.
Journalism students will see their audits in two stages. As a pre-major, you’ll only see the pre-major and the J-school’s non-major requirements listed after the university’s general-education requirements. Once you’re accepted into the school as a full major, you’ll also then see the full major requirements as well. This will include your sequence or concentration requirements and your breadth or core context requirements.
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