About TreeHouse Ladder – Your Steps to Graduation

What is the TreeHouse Ladder
TreeHouse Ladder (DegreeWorks) is a Web-based tool for students and advisers to monitor student progress toward degree completion.
What is an audit?
A DegreeWorks audit is a review of past, current and “planned” coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to complete a degree/major/minor/concentration.
Can I access TreeHouse Ladder on any computer?
Yes. Access to your TreeHouse Ladder is through the Web.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. Like other processes you use through TreeHouse Self-Service, the Ladder is accessed through your secure log in.
Who has the ability to access TreeHouse Ladder?
TreeHouse Ladder is currently available to all degree-seeking students in the College of Liberal Arts and to Master of Divinity Students in the Theological School. For other students in the Theological School, the GDR, and the Caspersen School – the TreeHouse Ladder will be available in fall 2013 to assist with registration for spring 2014. Advisors and selected staff will also have access for the purpose of supporting your progress through your academic career.
How current will my information be in TreeHouse Ladder?
The information in your TreeHouse Ladder is refreshed each night. Any changes made today (e.g., grade changes or classes added/dropped) will be seen in TreeHouse Ladder tomorrow.
Can I register for classes in TreeHouse Ladder?
No. Your TreeHouse Ladder is a snapshot of courses in your academic history, courses in-progress, and courses you have planned. Registration will continue to be handled through the Registration area of TreeHouse Self-Service.
Can I see how many classes I have left to fulfill my requirements?
Yes. TreeHouse Ladder is laid out in block format displaying degree, major, minor, and concentration requirement information. Look for unchecked boxes to identify requirements that you still need to complete. Also look for unmet conditions for this set of requirements at the beginning of the Degree Block. This appears just under the blue bar that identifies your degree program. You may also view your ‘Registration Checklist’ by clicking the drop-down menu next to ‘Student View’ near the top of the screen.
Will I be able to plan for future courses?
Yes. See the Planner section for information
Are my grades visible in TreeHouse Ladder?
Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the semester, they are viewable in TreeHouse Ladder.
Can I see a list of all of the classes I’ve taken?
Yes. On the Audit tab, click on the Class History link at the top for a printable list of courses taken at Drew as well as transfer courses.
What do I do if I believe my academic information is incorrect?
You should consult your academic adviser for a review of your audit. Any exception to major, minor, or concentration requirements should be discussed with your major/minor adviser or academic department personnel.
Why isn’t my information up-to-date?
There could be several reasons. One is that DegreeWorks may not have refreshed since a change was made (the information is refreshed nightly). Second, there could be some paperwork that needs to be completed. For example, if you have completed transfer courses, it is possible that the university has not received an official transcript or the coursework is pending departmental review. Check with the Office of the University Registrar regist@drew.edu if your transcript or audit does not reflect transfer work you have completed.
How can I update information?
You cannot update course information in DegreeWorks. To change your major/minor/concentration, you submit a ‘Change of Major Declaration’ online via TreeHouse Self-Service. Meet with your advisor if you think that a course you have taken should be meeting a specific requirement. Your advisor can then contact the Registrar’s Office.
If I have additional questions about DegreeWorks, whom do I contact?
Please click here to view the DegreeWorks instructions. If you have questions about how your academic record is being evaluated, contact the University Registrar at regist@drew.edu.

Using the Audit

Using the Audit
Your audit will display the courses you’ve taken or are registered for and will show you any degree, major, minor, or concentration requirements that are being met by the courses you’ve taken or that may be met upon satisfactory completion of courses in progress.
Will I be able to view my entire course history?
DegreeWorks uses the information that is current for your transcript. You will be able to view any courses that have been completed/registered for/transferred by the date your audit was last refreshed. (Data is refreshed nightly.) Keep in mind that any transfer work or grade changes that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on your audit.
If I think my audit is incorrect, whom do I contact?
Your academic advisor is your primary point of contact. If your advisor determines that your audit is incorrect, he/she will contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.
Where can I find my major GPA?
Your major GPA is a calculated GPA based on coursework used to fulfill major requirements. This GPA will appear within the major block requirements of your audit. Additionally, depending upon your college, the major GPA may also include courses that potentially could have been used within the major block but were not needed to fulfill specific requirements.
How do I know what classes I need to take?
Your audit will outline for you courses still needed to meet degree, major, minor, and/or concentration requirements within each specific block. You may then use this information to discuss your plan with your academic advisor.
Why isn’t there a check mark next to a requirement I’ve already completed?
Your academic advisor is your primary point of contact. If your advisor determines that your audit is incorrect, he/she will contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.
I changed my advisor, so why is my previous advisor showing instead of my new one?
Please contact the Registrar’s Office at regist@drew.edu for assistance.
My record shows that my major is still undeclared but I have declared a major. Why doesn’t my major show?
You may re-submit your ‘Major Declaration’ via TreeHouse self-service or contact the Registrar’s Office at regist@drew.edu.
Why isn’t my transfer work meeting a requirement?
There could be two reasons. First, the course did not meet either the minimum number of credits and/or minimum grade requirement for use in your program of study. Second, all requirements have been met and this course is simply not needed.
If I withdraw from a class, will that be reflected in my audit?
Courses from which you have withdrawn with a grade of ‘W’ will appear in the ‘Insufficient’ block of courses near the bottom of your audit. If a course was dropped prior to the end of the Drop/Add period, the course will not appear on your audit.
My advisor told me that a course I took would be substituted for a requirement. Why doesn’t this information appear in my audit?
You should contact your advisor to resolve any substitution issue. Any waivers, substitutions, or exceptions for major, minor or concentration requirements must be communicated to the Registrar’s Office by your academic advisor, by CAPC, or by the Academic Standing Committee.
If all of the boxes are checked, does that mean I’m graduating?
Not necessarily. If you have applied to graduate, your academic advisor will perform a preliminary audit of your coursework prior to the add/drop period of your final semester and a final audit after all final grades have been submitted to determine if you are eligible to graduate. Missing requirements will be communicated to you by either your academic advisor or by the Registrar’s Office.

Using the Planner

What is the Planner feature?
The Planner is a tool for you to arrange course requirements into future semester blocks. You and your advisor may find this helpful as you forecast your academic career. It is recommended that you create an active plan and keep it up-to-date, as this information may be used by university administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.
How do I create a plan?
  • By a split screen, the Planner allows you to drag and drop courses from your audit into future semester blocks. You can also type courses directly into the planner boxes. You must enter the course as it is labeled in the catalog (e.g., ENGL 101, not English 101).
  • Alternatively, you may wish to begin your plan with a template, which will lay out a suggested plan of study semester-by-semester. To do this, in the right side “Student Educational Planner” column, click “Load in a pre-defined plan”. Complete the necessary information to search for an appropriate plan. Note the search form is pre-populated with your curriculum data. Select the correct plan by Catalog year and click “Load into my plan”. Once the plan is populated, edit as desired, then click “Save Plan” to retain the plan of study you developed.
  • Note that requirements beginning with a “- ” are labels indicating what type of specific course should be used to fulfill that item in your plan.
Will putting courses in my planner change the way my audit looks?
No. Nothing entered on the Planner will affect your actual audit. You can, however, see how the courses you have entered in your planner will apply in your audit by checking the boxes next to the semester blocks that you wish to include (check all of the boxes to see how your audit will look if you complete your entire plan) and then clicking on Run a New Audit. In the audit on the left-hand side of the screen, you will see how the planned courses were applied to the various major/minor/concentration requirements.
Can I create multiple plans?
Yes; however, only one plan at a time may be kept as an active plan. You should mark the plan that you expect to follow as your active plan. This information may be used by university administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.
Will my plans be saved?
Yes. DegreeWorks will allow you to save all plans you create; however, only one plan may be marked as active.
Will my advisor be able to see my plan(s)?
  • Yes. Your advisor can see your plan(s) and participate with you in the planning process. There is a Notes feature, as well, for you and your advisor to keep additional information.
  • Depending upon your college, your advisor may choose to lock your plan after discussing it with you. Once your plan is locked, you will need to return to your advisor to make any additional changes. ********************************************?
If I put a course in my planner, am I automatically registered for that course in that future semester?
No. Your planner is for planning purposes only. You will register through the registration area of TreeHouse self-service during your assigned registration time slot.
Is the course I planned guaranteed for that future semester?
No. Your planner is for planning purposes only. Final course schedules are available to students online shortly before registration. If you discover that a course you had planned is not being offered, you should identify and alternative course and move the original course, if still needed, to a future term.
Can I print my plan?
Yes. There is a print button at the top of the planner.
How should I show that I intend to take a class at another institution this summer?
So that your advisor/department will be able to track what you intend to take at another institution, please do the following: in the course field enter the subject you intend to take beginning with a hyphen for example “- Math” (make sure to include a space between the hyphen and the subject). In the Notes field, enter the institution and course you intend to take at the other institution, such as, “County College of Morris, MTH 125″.

Using What-If

What is the What-If feature?
The What-If function allows you to hypothetically change your major, minor, or concentration. The What If audit will show you what coursework is required for the new major, minor, or concentration, what courses you have taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are still left for you to take.
If I use the What-If feature does this mean that I have changed my major?
No. The What-If function is for information purposes only. You will see the header What-If Audit displayed at the top of the audit whenever an audit is run on a What-If scenario.
I’m thinking of changing my major/minor/concentration. Will I be able to see how my current classes fit into my What-If major/minor/concentration?
Yes. The What If function will perform an audit based on the hypothetical major/minor/concentration and will show how your completed, current, and planned coursework meets the requirements of the hypothetical major/minor/concentration.
Can my advisor see my What-If scenario?
Since What-If scenarios are not stored on DegreeWorks, your advisor can only see your results if the two of you work through a What-If procedure together.
Can I view multiple What-If scenarios on the same screen?
Yes. DegreeWorks will allow you to select more than one major at a time, or to select multiple major(s), minor(s) and concentration(s).
Can I save a What-If scenario?
No. What-If plans are not saved on DegreeWorks. You would need to run a new What-If scenario next time you log in to see it again.
Can I print a What-If scenario?
Yes. If you want to share it with your advisor at a later date, you should print your What-If scenario.
If I like what I see in a What-If scenario, how do I initiate the changes?
Always speak with your advisor first. After consulting with your advisor you will need to initiate changes to your academic program by submitting a ‘Change of Major Declaration’ in TreeHouse self-service.


What does the Term Calculator show?
The Term Calculator will show you your estimated cumulative GPA after you fill in hypothetical grade information. By putting in your current earned units and GPA and placing your in-progress courses in the table (this all will default in for you) along with the grade you anticipate receiving for each course; you will see a revised cumulative GPA based on the estimates you provided.
Is this calculated GPA guaranteed?
No. This is an estimate only.
Why can’t I select a grade of “P”?
“P” grades do not count in your GPA. Remove courses for which you expect to receive a “P” from your course list before calculating GPA.