College Progress Report
The College Progress Report is an important resource to each student in addition to the student's advisor and the Office of Academic Advising. The Progress Report is a dynamic, computer-generated report, which tracks a student's progress on all degree requirements. The Progress Report is dynamic because it changes as students add, drop and complete courses. A sample Progress Report follows. Each box on the report contains information about the student, a requirement, or how to interpret the report. Read each box carefully. The information you need to interpret the box is usually contained in the box. For example, in the upper left hand corner of requirement boxes, an abbreviation is listed indicating if the student has met the requirement (OK), has not met the requirement (NO), or will meet the requirement with courses in progress (IP). If a requirement has sub-requirements, a (+) will be listed next to any sub-requirement that has been met, and a (-) next to those which have not been met. That is, if more than one component is needed to fulfill the requirements, a (+) or (-) will be listed next to those sub-requirements depending upon whether or not each individual element is met. Examples have been circled on the sample report that follows. When a general education category remains unmet, the courses that may be used to meet the requirement will be listed. If a requirement has been satisfied by transfer credits, credits by exam, Advanced Placement credits, or placement waivers, that will be indicated on the report along with the equivalent course at New Paltz if one exists. The Progress Report also tells you your math placement level, GPA, total, upper division and liberal arts credits completed. These important features have also been circled on the sample report. Students in majors with special General Education requirements — Engineering, Music Therapy, and Nursing — should consult with their advisors as to whether all the requirements listed are applicable.
Students can access the Report via the New Paltz homepage, www.newpaltz.edu. Click on my.newpaltz.edu and follow the directions. During summer orientation 2007, however, Progress Reports will not be available. In their place, hand evaluations will be prepared by the Office of Admissions. These will indicate a student's progress on general education and college-wide degree requirements only. Information about major and minor requirements will be provided directly from the academic department.
Student Success Tip
Start a file in which to keep copies of all materials related to your undergraduate career. This includes tuition statements, registration forms, major plans, grade reports, letters from the College, etc. They are your protection from human and computer errors. Always make copies of papers you hand in for a course, and keep back-ups of your work on computer disks. And retain the papers and exams you receive back with comments; often faculty will ask to see these once again when you ask for a letter of recommendation.