Admissions and Records

Degree Progress Report and Planner Advisor's Guide

This is a tutorial only. No login is required.

INTRODUCTION

The Degree Progress Report (DPR) provides an audit that gives a full picture of a student’s progress toward degree completion. Undergraduate, master's degree and doctoral students have access to a DPR audit. 

This guide covers both components of the interactive DPR and Planner tool:

  • The Audit tracks a student’s graduation progress, displaying completed courses and remaining requirements.
  • The Planner allows a student’s to drag and drop courses from an audit into a personalized term-by-term plan for completing their remaining requirements. Planning future courses will help departments better analyze and meet student course demand in the future.

The DPR Audit:

  1. Lists course work completed at CSUN and at other schools from which a student submitted official transcripts.
  2. Places course work into degree requirement sections.
  3. Identifies CSUN requirements a student still needs to satisfy in order to graduate.
  4. Changes to reflect a student’s progress toward degree and major objectives.
  5. Helps students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor.

Undergraduate students can create a personalized term-by-term plan for completing remaining requirements. 

Note: Students are advised to always use an Audit in consultation with their advisor before finalizing any decisions related to their academic major.

Important information.  Additional Resources: Degree Planning Tools 


DPR Step 1

Go to the CSUN home page at www.csun.edu and:

  1. Select the myNorthridge Portal link.
  2. Log in with your CSUN User ID and Password.

myNorthridge Portal.


DPR Step 2

Depending on your CSUN security profile, you may access DPR/Planner in myNorthridge one of three (3) ways:

1. Faculty TAB > SOLAR SA > Student Advisement, and click the Degree Progress Report/Planner link.

Navigate via the Faculty tab, SOLAR SA, Student Advisement menus.

—or—

2. Staff TAB > myNorthridge Menu > SOLAR SA > Student Advisement and select the Degree Progress Report/Planner link.

Under the Staff tab, select SOLAR SA, Student Advisement and then DPR/Planner.

—or—

3. Academics TAB - Select the Degree Planning Tools icon in the Academics Quick Links box or the Degree Progress/Planner link in the Chart my Academic Progress box.

Location of the quick links box and Chart my Academic Progress box.


DPR Step 3

The Degree Planning Tools icon presents a light box with three (3) tool choices:

  • Degree Road Maps
  • Degree Progress Report and Planner
  • Registration Planner

To get started, click the Degree Progress Report/Planner box.

Light box lists three degree planning tool options.

 


DPR Step 4

Select a School. There are three (3) choices to pick from: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Credentials.

Select a School page displays.


DPR Step 5

Click the student icon to search for a student. 

Search for a Student page displays.


DPR Step 6

Enter Student ID number or search by student name.

Enter the student's ID and name.


DPR Step 7

The instructional landing page displays when no audits exist.

Click the Request Audit button to run a Degree Progress Report.

The Audit Landing page displays.

If an audit exists, the Completed Audit Requests page displays.

Select from two options:

  • Request a new audit: Click Request New (Audit drop down menu) or click the Run Audit button.
  • View a previously saved audit: Click Manage (Audit drop down menu) or click the View Audit link.

The View Audit Requests page displays.


DPR Step 8

Select a program:

  • Run Current Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate students) to run an audit for a student's declared program/major.
    — or —
  • Run Selected Program (Undergraduate students only) to run a "what if I want to change my program/major" audit for a different major. This will not officially change a student's declared major. From the drop down menu: 
    1. Select a Degree (program/major).
    2. Select a Catalog Year.
    3. Format defaults to HTML with the option to open and close requirements. Select PDF format to print, save or email entire DPR.

When done, click the Run Audit button.

 The Select a Program page displays and printer options.

The Running Audits page displays while processing your request.

The Running Audits page displays while processing your request.


DPR Step 9

The Completed Audit Requests page displays. Audits that you have requested will be stored here.

To open an audit, click the View Audit link.

The Completed Audit Requests page displays.


DPR Step 10

The report header displays a student's personal information and these three (3) tabs:

  1. Audit Results tab: Displays requirements for degree completion.
    a) A green check indicates a satisfied requirement.
    b) A red X indicates an unsatisfied requirement.
  2. CSUN Courses tab: Lists the courses completed at CSUN.
  3. Applied Exceptions tab: Lists the student's approved course exceptions and substitutions.

Showing three tab choices.

To view requirement details, click the arrow (>) to expand the desired requirement or select Open All Sections to expand ALL requirements.  

The Audit requirements display.


DPR Step 11

Example Audit Report.

Example of an Audit Report.


Navigate the Planner

INTRODUCTION

The interactive DPR Planner tool allows you to drag and drop courses from a student's degree audit to a personalized term-by-term plan to complete remaining requirements. Using this tool will help CSUN offer more of the courses students want available in future terms.

By creating a Plan, students can:

  1. Enhance advisement appointments with prepared plans.
  2. Visualize timeline for degree completion.
  3. Produce course data for departments to predict future course demand.

Planner Step 1

Select the Plans tab to create a unique academic plan toward degree completion. The Plans landing page displays.

If students have previously created a plan, the My Plans tab displays it. Click a plan name to open and modify it.

The Planner landing page displays.


Planner Step 2

To create a new Plan, click the Create a New Plan tab. The Manage Plans page displays, defaulting to the student's current degree program/major.  

To begin, click the Create a New Plan tab.

To change the degree program/major, click the Program button and select one from the list of available degree programs/majors.

Choose a degree program to change your plan default.


Planner Step 3

 Fill-in the following fields to begin:

  1. Enter a Plan Name
  2. Select a Term (spring or fall) to begin plan
  3. Enter a Year to begin plan
  4. Select the number of Years to Graduation (defaults to 4 years)

When done, click the Add Plan button to continue.

Enter Plan information such as plan name, term, year, and years to graduate.


Planner Step 4

The Plan Builder page displays the student's Degree Program Audit (left column) and his/her personalized plan (right column).

Click an arrow (">") to display required courses. 

  • A green check indicates the requirement is complete
  • A red X indicates course(s) are still needed to complete the requirement

The Page Builder page displays.


Planner Step 5

Drag and Drop courses from the audit to a desired term in a student's personalized plan. Units will be added to the plan and deducted from the audit.

Drag and drop courses to customize your personal plan.

Important information.  For the department-suggested course sequence to degree completion, view Degree Road Maps.


Planner Step 6

Select the Check Plan icon to refresh and validate a student's audit and ensure that requirements are being fulfilled.  When courses double count in both GE and major requirements, the validation displays completion in both areas.

Refresh your audit by clicking the check mark icon.

Icons You Can Use:

  1. Click the Audit icon to display planned courses.
  2. View a PDF of a student's term-by-term plan, print or save it.
  3. Click the List icon to view a list of all the student's previously completed courses. Includes both CSUN and transfer courses.
  4. Click the Check icon to refresh and validate the plan.
  5. Click the Plus Sign (+) icon to add a new term. The Plus Sign (+) listed in a term will add a course.

Features You Can Use:

ADD A COURSE: Click the plus sign (+) within a term to add a course not listed on the audit. Enter the department subject abbreviation and the course number (BIOL 100), then click the OK button.

How to add a course.

ADD A TERM: Click the plus sign (+) icon to add a term to your plan.

How to add a term.

DELETE A COURSE OR TERM: Select the Edit icon to delete a course in a term; click the Submit button to refresh the plan. To delete an entire term, click the Trash icon.

How to delete a course within a term.

VIEW A COURSE DESCRIPTION: Left-click a subject to view the course description.

How to view a course description.


Planner Step 7

Select Plan from the menu bar to return to the Manage Plans page. 

Click the Star icon to make a plan a preferred/favorite plan.  CSUN will use the course demand data from the Preferred Plans to create future course schedules.

To view a PDF of your Plan, select the PDF button.

Manage Plans page and select print options.


Additional Resources

Important information.   For easy reference, you may want to bookmark the Degree Planning Tools.

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