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Interpreting Your DPR and MAP

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Interpreting Your DPR and MAP

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Introduction

What are DPR and MAP?

The Degree Progress Report (DPR) provides a full picture of your progress toward completion of bachelor’s degree requirements. Master's degree and doctoral students can also use DPR.

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR):

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

Undergraduate students can also use My Academic Planner (MAP), an interactive DPR that lets you plan courses for future semesters and see how they satisfy degree requirements. This guide will help you read and understand your DPR and MAP. Note: Always use a DPR or MAP in consultation with your advisor before finalizing any decisions related to your academic plan (major).

Resources:

Step 1

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR) is available in two formats:

  1. DPR in Portable Document Format (PDF)
  2. My Academic Planner (MAP) interactive DPR

Both formats report the same information with one exception: Only MAP interactive DPR lists courses you’ve planned for future semesters and places them in degree requirement sections.

The first page of a DPR in PDF is shown here.

Note: You have online access to MAP and DPR through myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center.

To generate and print your report, see the How To Guide Navigating to DPR and MAP.

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Step 2

When MAP interactive DPR opens, the units you’ve earned and your Grade Point Average (GPA) display in six bar graphs:

  • Total units and cumulative GPA (includes course work from CSUN and all schools attended)
  • Units and GPA in residence at CSUN
  • Upper Division (UD) Major Units and GPA

Note: The student in this example has not planned any courses using MAP. If you want to see how planned courses place in MAP interactive DPR, plan them first.

To learn more, see the How To Guide Using MAP to Plan Courses.

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Step 3

In this example, the student has used MAP to plan a course for a future semester.

To proceed, click the Submit Your Plan button.

IMPORTANT! Although MAP remembers your planned courses, you must re-submit the plan each time you use interactive DPR to display the planned classes.

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Step 4

The DPR and MAP report header displays:

  • your name
  • student ID number
  • your degree program
  • major
  • graduation date if known
  • catalog year

The catalog year identifies the graduation requirements you are completing.

If you have applied for graduation, your anticipated graduation date will display in the header. To learn more, see Undergraduate Degree Services.

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Step 5

Important notices guide you toward degree completion throughout DPR and MAP. The beginning of this report reminds the student that:

  • At least one degree requirement has not been satisfied.
  • It’s time to apply for graduation.
  • Courses in the major cannot be used to satisfy both GE and major requirements unless there is a general education modification.
  • Courses used to fulfill GE requirements may not be taken for a Credit/No Credit grade.

The opening notice also explains that:

  • DPR is not a transcript. It is not intended to report your achievement to outside parties.
  • DPR does not show academic standing (e.g., good, probationary, disqualified) and may not reflect your most recent GPA, especially if you have repeated classes. Note: View your current GPA on your unofficial transcript in the SOLAR Student Center.
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Step 6

At the detail level, DPR lists course work in the same basic format. The term (semester and year), course abbreviation, credit units, grade and short course title display.

The term abbreviations are:

FA – Fall

WI - Winter

SP - Spring

SU - Summer

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Step 7

Whenever you transfer a course to CSUN or complete a course here, DPR attempts to place the course into a degree requirement section. The main requirement sections or blocks are:

  • General Education (lower and upper division)
  • Major
  • Total Units and Grade Point Average (GPA)

DPR also lists requirements such as:

  • Title 5 – United States History, Constitution and American Ideals
  • Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam
  • Minor if any

To begin the General Education section, DPR displays your GE Plan – C or R. Plan R, for “reform,” has been in effect since Fall 2006.

When you’ve met all the requirements for a section, interactive DPR displays a green checkmark to the left of the heading.

A plus sign (+) shows that each sub-requirement has been satisfied.

Note: Click the inverted triangle to the left of each requirement block to open or close the course work details, or sub-requirements.

In this example, the student has satisfied lower division GE section requirements A-E through certification of transfer course work from a community college. “Met through certification” means that DPR was able to place course work from a California community college into that school’s GE transfer pattern.

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Step 8

Whenever a CSUN requirement is met by a course transferred from another school, DPR lists that school and course on the right. Here, the CSU Oral Communication requirement of GE Section A, Basic Subjects, is met with COMS 105 taken at College of the Canyons (COC). The COC course is equivalent to the required CSUN courses COMS 151 and 151L.

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Step 9

The DPR in PDF shows the same information as Slide 8. Instead of the checkmark the word “OK” indicates that all requirements in the section have been met.

Sub-requirements that have been satisfied are marked with a plus sign (+).

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Step 10

Sections in which at least one requirement is not met are marked with a red “X”

Sub-requirements within a block are marked with a plus sign (+) when met, and a minus sign (-) when unmet (still needed).

When a sub-requirement is not met, DPR lists the courses you can take to satisfy the requirement. In MAP interactive DPR, you can click each course to view its catalog description and pre-requisites.

In this example, the student needs one course in the Title 5 US History, Constitution and American Ideals GE section. The requirement can be met with any one of the courses listed.

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Step 11

The DPR in PDF shows the same information as Step 8. Instead of the red “X”

Sub-requirements that have not been met are marked with a minus sign (-).

Note: The course lists in DPR in PDF do not have active course links.

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Step 12

This example shows the student’s unmet requirements for the Marketing major. Nine more units are needed in Sub-requirement 1, Marketing Core, and 6 more units in Sub-requirement 4, Marketing Electives.

Note: When using MAP interactive DPR to plan classes, always click the course links to read the catalog description for pre-requisites. The registration system will prevent you from enrolling in classes whose pre-requisites have not been met.

The course links also display the semester in which the class will next be offered.

To learn more, see Using MAP to Plan Classes.

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Step 13

Let’s say you’ve planned classes to meet the remaining Marketing major sub-requirements. Your planned courses will display in the MAP column to the right.

Click the Submit Your Plan button to place the planned courses into the DPR requirement sections.

Note: Although MAP remembers your planned courses, you must re-submit the plan each time you use interactive DPR to display the planned classes.

To learn more, see Using MAP to Plan Classes.

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Step 14

When you submit your plan to place the planned courses into requirement sections, MAP interactive DPR displays “PC” for “planned course” in the grade field.

The planned sub-requirement sections are marked with:

  • PL- At least one of the sub-requirements has not been planned.
  • PL+ All of the sub-requirements have been planned.

Sub-requirement 1 still needs 6 units while sub-requirement 4 is completely planned.

Note: These courses are planned only. You must still enroll in the classes through the SOLAR Student Center during the published registration periods. Use SOLAR Class Search to confirm that your planned courses are available.

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Step 15

When you plan courses to meet all the sub-requirements in the requirement block, the blue calendar icon displays. The icon means that all requirements for the entire block have been planned.

The planned sub-requirement sections are marked with:

  • PL- At least one of the sub-requirements has not been planned.
  • PL+ All of the sub-requirements have been planned.

Sub-requirement 1 still needs 6 units while sub-requirement 4 is completely planned.

Note: These courses are planned only. You must still enroll in the classes through the SOLAR Student Center during the published registration periods. Use SOLAR Class Search to confirm that your planned courses are available.

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Step 16

Near the end of the DPR is a legend to help you interpret some of the symbols in your report. Three of the more common symbols are boxed in red.

Note: The symbol “PC,” for Planned courses, displays only in MAP interactive DPR when you submit your plan. DPR in PDF does not display planned courses.

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Step 17

Classes in which you are currently enrolled will display a grade of “IP,” for “In Progress.” When you finish the class and your grades are entered on the system, DPR will show your grade for the course.

In this example, the student is currently enrolled in classes for Summer Term 2008 with “work in progress” in three upper division Business Administration courses.

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Step 18

The symbol “>R” means that a course was repeated. The first grade may be “forgiven;” it is not calculated in your GPA, and the units are deducted from the total units attempted.

In this case, MATH 105 was repeated. The first grade of “D” does not count toward the bachelor’s degree. The course is listed near the end the DPR with other courses that do not provide credit toward the degree.

The next slide explains what happened when the student repeated the course and earned a higher grade.

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Step 19

When the student repeated the MATH 105 course and earned a “C,” DPR placed it in General Education Section B, Natural Sciences, to satisfy the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning sub-requirement.

Note: To learn more, see the academic policy on repeating courses.

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Step 20

Toward the end of MAP and DPR is a list of the Unit and GPA requirements for your degree objective.

Notices remind you of the number of units required in several sub-categories. DPR subtracts the units you’ve earned from the total required to calculate the number still needed for:

  • total overall units from any school
  • total units transferred from a community college
  • total upper division units from any school
  • total units in residence at CSUN
  • upper division units at CSUN
  • major units at CSUN
  • GE units at CSUN

If you’ve met or exceeded the units required in a sub-category, DPR displays “MET.”

If you need more units in a sub-category, DPR displays “NEEDS” and the number of units still required.

Plusses and minuses also mark MET and NEEDS.

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Step 21

Be sure to review the total, overall number of units you’ve earned toward your degree objective.

Although this student has met the number of units required in each sub-category, s/he still needs one more unit to graduate!

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Step 22

Be sure to review the total, overall number of units you’ve earned toward your degree objective.

  • All course work taken in residence at CSUN
  • All course work taken toward the degree at all schools (cumulative GPA)
  • Upper division course work required in your major

DPR calculates your GPA for each category by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of hours attempted.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, you must maintain a 2.00 GPA in all three categories. If any GPA falls below 2.00, you’ll be on probation (you’ll be notified).

If your GPAs are above 2.00, DPR displays a plus sign ( + ).

Note: Because DPR is unofficial, it may not show your most recent GPA especially if you have repeated classes. For your most current GPA, see your unofficial transcript. Log into myNorthridge and navigate to the SOLAR Student Center › Academics › Unofficial Transcript.

You may find an online GPA calculator helpful.

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Step 23

DPR and MAP list courses you’ve taken that do not “place” in any of the requirement sections. Some unplaced courses may count toward the total number of units required and be included in your GPA. Others may not.

If you have questions about the placement of courses in GE requirement sections, please complete a DPR Review Request.

Note: Please do NOT submit a DPR Request if you have received a DPR Graduation Evaluation or if you have questions about major requirements. Instead, contact Undergraduate Degree Services at the phone number provided on the DPR Graduation Evaluation, or consult your academic advisor about major requirements.

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Step 24

To print a copy of your MAP interactive DPR, return to the top of the report and click the Printer Friendly link.

Note: To include planned courses in the printer-friendly version, first plan courses in MAP, click Submit Your Plan, and then click the Printer Friendly link. You must re-submit your plan each time you open MAP interactive DPR in order to place your planned courses into degree requirement sections.

Print a copy of your MAP interactive DPR with planned courses to prepare for your academic advisement meeting each semester.

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Step 25

The Printer-Friendly report displays the same information as the MAP interactive DPR, including planned courses.

However, the print view has no functionality. The MAP tool, the Unit and GPA bar graphs, and the course links disappear.

To return to MAP interactive DPR, close the printer-friendly window by clicking the upper right corner.

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Step 26

At the end of the MAP interactive DPR printer-friendly version, all planned courses are listed together.

Note: Discuss the courses you’ve planned in MAP interactive DPR with your academic advisor each semester.

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