April 18, 2015

EWU Prior Credit

For those students returning to EWU who attended prior to Fall 1987, their credits are on a hard copy transcript.  These courses are not entered into the system individually, but in a block of credit instead.

Exceptions are entered to cover the General Education and University requirements, so that it is easy to determine which of these requirements still need to be completed.

Additional courses may also be added as exceptions in SOAR to satisfy degree requirements (majors, minors, certificates, and endorsements). 

University Credits will appear on audits where the Prior EWU credits have been applied.  Towards the bottom of the audit, just after the EWU courses (listed by term). 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

Online Transfer Guide

The Online Transfer Guide is continually being updated with new equivalencies and information.

Both the Effective Term and the Memo columns list additional information about the transfer courses.  Course equivalencies requiring more than one transfer course denote how many courses are required to receive the equivalency.

Additional information is also being incorporated into the Online Transfer Guide for ease in readability and equivalency interpretation.  Online Transfer Guide information is available by clicking on the Transfer Guide Menu above or click http://sites.ewu.edu/soar/transfer-guide/.

More information regarding updates to the Online Transfer Guide coming soon

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

Planned Courses

Planned courses are a great feature in SOAR for both advisors and students.  They allow you to see exactly how a future course will apply in the degree audit and whether or not the course meets any required grade or GPA requirements.

A separate Planned GPA is displayed in the Planned requirement and as a category graph.

If you are unfamiliar with Planned courses in SOAR, check out the SOAR Information site, for instructions on how to enter and use Planned courses in SOAR.  

http://sites.ewu.edu/soar/planned-courses/ 

Or contact me directly and I will be glad to walk you through using Planned courses in SOAR.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

 

Short Programs

Did you know that SOAR is not limited to the degree programs in the University catalog?

There are already quite a few short programs in SOAR.  Short programs are a degree audit that is specialized for a particular set of courses or requirements.  A few options for short programs are listed below:

  • Subset of a degree program
  • Specific list of requirements that are frequently reviewed
  • Program admission requirements

Below are some of the short programs that are currently in SOAR:

  • COUN RPT EWU – EWU Courses By Department (credit and GPA totals)
  • CMDS PRE – Communication Disorders Pre-Major Check List
  • EDUC200 CHECK, EDUC420 E Check (Elementary), EDUC420 S Check (Secondary) – Prerequisite Checks
  • MIT PRE-REQS – Elementary and Secondary Prerequisite Check
  • NURS APP – Nursing Application
  • SPED 490 CHECK – Special Education Prerequisite Check
  • TEST SCOR – Test Scores
  • TRAN INST – Transfer Courses & Totals By Institution
  • WA 45 – Washington 45:  First Year Transfer List

Are there areas in your department or degree programs where a short program in SOAR could help?  If so, please contact me to discuss the options that are available.  I will be glad to get what you need in SOAR.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

Estimating your GPA with Planned Courses

Did you know that you can estimate the GPA in SOAR by entering Planned courses?

The Planned courses default grade is a P, no GPA affect.  However, you can select a grade to see the planned course calculate into the GPA.

When a degree audit is requested with Planned courses, a separate Planned GPA will be displayed.

Both the EWU GPA and the Planned GPA can be easily viewed in the degree audit – Category Graphs.

Duplicate courses are automatically adjusted in SOAR per the EWU repeat policy, last taken course applies.  Planned courses will be considered the last taken course (defined by the term).

If you are unfamiliar with Planned courses in SOAR, check out the SOAR Information site, for instructions on how to enter and use Planned courses in SOAR.

http://sites.ewu.edu/soar/planned-courses/

Or contact me directly and I will be glad to walk you through using Planned courses in SOAR.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

 

Test Scores

Test Scores are available on all SOAR degree audits.  Scroll to the bottom of the audit, just above the Legend.

All standardized test scores and exams as well as those administered here at EWU (placement exams) are displayed in SOAR.

AP exams are a little different than other standardized test scores and exams.  EWU awards credit, per the University catalog, for exams with a score of 3 or better.  Because credit is awarded; AP exams are displayed in both Test Scores and Transfer Credits in the degree audits.  If AP scores (3 or above) are ever only displayed in Test Scores, the credits have not yet been evaluated and awarded.  Please contact one of the Credential Evaluator’s in Admissions or Records and Registration.

The test scores can still be run as a standalone audit by selecting *TEST SCOR (Run Selected Program) in SOAR.

Additional information regarding SOAR is available at sites.ewu.edu/soar.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

 

Are your students declared in everything they are pursuing?

It has been a common practice to wait until applying for graduation to add or correct the programs the student is pursuing, via the paper graduation application. Now that SOAR monitors a student’s progress, it is important that SOAR is updated with all the necessary information. This includes all majors, concentrations, minors, certificates, and endorsements the student is pursuing.

Run Current Programs is the default in SOAR when requesting an audit. The declared programs and catalog years are listed.

Current declared programs are also listed under the Manage Student link – Degree Programs Tab in SOAR.

Please make sure SOAR has the correct information. Some programs have limitations on the courses used between majors, minors, and certificates (including multiple majors and dual degrees). SOAR will monitor these courses to help make sure they are applied correctly and follow all of the curriculum rules and restrictions.

Submit a new Major Declaration Form to update the student record so that SOAR reflects what the student is pursuing.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

 

SOAR Statistics

More than 270,000 audits were run in 2014 and in January 2015 we surpassed 1 million audits.

Have you ever wondered how many SOAR audits are being requested?

The SOAR Information Site has links that provide some basic information regarding when audits are being requested and by whom.

http://sites.ewu.edu/soar/soar-usage-statistics/

Additional reports and statistics are being developed and will be posted soon on the SOAR Information Site.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

Memo vs. Audit Note

Most exceptions have a Memo field and an Audit Note field.  The differences are:

  • Memo
    • Used to provide additional information for the exception
    • Does not display in the degree audit
    • Faculty / Staff view only, students do not have access to the Exceptions menu in SOAR
  • Audit Note
    • Displays in the degree audit
    • Provides information regarding the exception or substituted courses

Neither the Memo nor the Audit Note are required when entering exceptions.  However, the additional information they provide are helpful to those that are viewing the exceptions.

Note:  The Title Check and Transfer Course Substitution does not have the Audit Note field.  This exception has been programmed to use the Course Title in place of an Audit Note.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

Exception Tips

Are you having any issues entering Exceptions in SOAR?  Just starting to utilize them?

Below are a few tips, when entering Exceptions in SOAR:

  • All transfer course substitutions use the EWU equivalent or pseudo course
    • The actual transfer course identity is never used in processing exceptions
      • WA-SFCC    SPCH 210 = UNIVLDV at EWU
      • UNIVLDV is the EWU pseudo course that would be used in the Exception as the Course Taken by Student
    • Required Course is the EWU course required in the degree program
      • Required course can also be a department pseudo course
  • Exceptions do not clear pre-requisites
  • Banner terms are used to limit/specify courses by term
    • Entered as a 4 digit year and a 2 digit term
      • Fall = 40, Winter = 10, Spring = 20, Summer = 30
      • Fall 2012 = 201240
  • Allow Grade – provides the ability to override a grade requirement in the major, minor or certificate
  • Audit Note – displays in the degree audit
  • Memo – provides additional information, can only be seen with the Faculty/Staff view

The SOAR Information site has additional information about Exceptions.

sites.ewu.edu/soar    Exceptions   http://sites.ewu.edu/soar/exceptions/

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for using SOAR!

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