Recommends the Continuation of PACE as the Best Degree Audit System
The Degree Audit/Advising Focus Team has
reviewed several options for implementing a new degree auditing
system, including CAPP, DARS, DegreeWorks, and PACE. The team
concludes that an attempt at rewriting PACE
as necessary to interface with GoSOLARis in the university's best
interests at this time. PACE currently meets most of Georgia State's
auditing needs, and it is a reliable, concise and user-friendly
advising tool used by staff and faculty advisers across the university.
In addition, time and effort will be saved because a successful
interface should prevent the need for recoding all curricula as
well as retain individual requirement information already entered
for current students.
The GoSOLAR Implementation team will work
to interface PACE with GoSOLAR and will also make PACE accessible
to students via the web.
The focus team was impressed overall by a
software enrollment management package called DegreeWorks but
is concerned about technical support and the interface required.
The GoSOLARteam recommends that the option be kept open for purchasing
and implementing it at a later time should the vendor gain experience
with a GoSOLARinterface and DegreeWorks appear to be a step forward
from what we are able to accomplish with PACE.
GoSOLARTeam Plans for Gradual Phase in of Prerequisite checking
The use of GoSOLARto check for prerequisites
and to enforce other registration restrictions during registration
has been problematic at other large universities. The software
appears to have no mechanism to allow a gradual phase in or a
differential enforcement for each college, department, or level
The GoSOLARteam believes that it has found
a solution to this problem:
- Complete catalog descriptions including
prerequisites will be entered into the GoSOLARcourse description
field. Prerequisites listed here will not be enforced but will
send a message to the student as to the requirements needed
to take the course.
- Prerequisite fields in GoSOLARwill be left
blank (except as described below). This means that we can activate
prerequisite checking during the first registration cycle. As
we gain experience with the new system we can gradually start
moving prerequisites from the course description field where
they are not enforced to the rerequisite field where they will
- It is anticipated that complete phase
in will take several years after the first registration cycle
of Fall 2002. Phase in will be done proportionately to the number
of courses offered by each college.
- The GoSOLARteam urges that faculty start
reviewing the prerequisites listed for their course to be sure
that they are the ones that they want enforced. Problems have
developed at other universities when the GoSOLARsoftware attempted
to enforce outdated or "nonsensical" prerequisites.
For example, if a course that no longer exists is listed GoSOLARmight block all students from registering for the course because
no one would have the course.
- During the first registration cycle (Fall
2002) every attempt will be made to have GoSOLARenforce all
prerequisites and registration restrictions that are currently
enforced with OASIS. However, no new prerequisites or registration
restrictions will be added for this first cycle; these will
be phased in during subsequent cycles. This method allows for
each college and department to eventually enforce prerequisites
(or not enforce them) as they deem best for program needs.