A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables the student and his/her adviser to assess the student's academic progress and unfulfilled baccalaureate, associate degree, or minor requirements. The audit is a valuable tool for academic planning and course selection, because it matches the courses that the student has taken with the requirements of his/her degree program or anticipated program.
Audits are available for anyone who has enrolled for credit as a Penn State undergraduate and has at least one graded semester record in ISIS. This includes undergraduate students in any classification (degree, provisional, or nondegree) and former students.
A sample degree audit notated with a description of the degree audit's sections and symbols provides a guide to interpreting an audit.
There are two online applications that provide degree audits: eLion and eISIS.
Using the Degree Audit application on eLion, audits are processed within minutes and are available on the Web, to view or print.
Degree audits may be requested for a student's current major/minor or for an alternate major/minor. Follow the step-by-step instructions to request degree audits for Intended/Alternative (majors to explore). The intended major/minor requests are useful for students who would like to know what courses are required in various majors/minors and to determine how the courses they have completed satisfy the requirements. This "what if" audit is helpful for students who are exploring majors/minors and for those considering a concurrent major. In addition to selecting a major/minor, an alternative program year may be requested (one year ahead or two years back from the current program year).
A student can request an up-to-the-minute copy of his/her degree audit. A maximum of four audits are maintained for up to five days to view at a later time.
Advisers can use this application to enter a student's PSU ID or select a student from a list of his/her assigned advisees. A SecurID is not required to use this application. A maximum of ten audits are maintained for up to five days to view at a later time.
Authorized advisers can access degree audits on the Web by using the ERISDN screen in eISIS. To request an eISIS audit, an adviser must enter the student's Penn State ID. A maximum of fifty audits are maintained for up to five days to view at a later time. The resulting audits are identical to those available on eLion (described above). However, other modifications can be requested.
In addition to changes in the program year, the analysis provided on ERISDN can be modified to reflect a different admission date to help former students who are considering re-enrolling. By selecting "Alternative (major to explore)", the "Run Audit with Admit Sem" field allows the adviser to indicate the semester a student anticipates returning so that the audit will accurately reflect the requirements that the re-enrolling student must fulfill, including General Education, program, and additional requirements (e.g., First-Year Seminar, United States Cultures and International Cultures, Writing Across the Curriculum).
eISIS audits are available for majors and minors that are being phased out (available until there are no currently enrolled students in the major/minor) and special degree-audit reports can be requested. Three special options are available: (1) a "blank" (no student-specific data) option that offers a generic listing of requirements, (2) an "Entrance-to-major" option that provides a listing of a student's progress toward meeting entrance-to-major requirements, and (3) an option for a report listing a student's progress toward meeting "American Dietetic Association" requirements.
When reviewing an audit, the student should consult with an adviser for several reasons. If the audit identifies unfulfilled requirements, there are often several alternatives for satisfying these requirements. The student and adviser should discuss which courses to schedule based on the student's abilities, interests, and plans. Advising may also be helpful in determining the best combinations of courses to schedule each semester in order to meet requirements. In addition, advising is necessary because changes to the student's audit may be appropriate. (For example, when a course transfers from another institution and does not have an equivalent Penn State course, it is listed on the audit as an elective. When reviewed, it may be found to meet a degree requirement.)
The degree audit is not the student's official University academic record. The transcript is the official record of completed work.
Reviewed: July 2014
Last Update: December 2008
Reference(s): Senate Policy 32-50