ERIC Number: ED295712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Computer Assisted Advising Tool (CAAT).
Matsen, Marie E.
Lane Community College's Computer Assisted Advising Tool (CAAT) is used by counselors to assist students in developing a plan for the completion of a degree or certificate. CAAT was designed to facilitate student advisement from matriculation to graduation by comparing degree requirements with the courses completed by students. Three major sources of data are used to generate CAAT reports: (1) the degree program description file, which stores official degree and certificate requirements using a general structure of "areas" (i.e., conceptual groupings for major requirements, minor requirements, and electives) and "tables" (i.e., listings of courses that may be used to satisfy a requirement according to specific rules); (2) student course waivers, which are applied to the fulfillment of specific programs; and (3) student transcripts, which include students' grades and current course enrollments. An online degree evaluation program compares a student's transcript, including waivers and course substitutions, with the stored requirements profile for a selected degree program. A report is then generated, listing all requirements arranged by areas, and indicating which requirements the student has completed and which remain unsatisfied. The CAAT report is arranged in a chronological fashion, providing the student and the counselor with a suggested schedule for completion of any given degree program from matriculation to graduation. The CAAT system has particular benefits for advising students with complicated transcripts or students wishing to change their major; for advising students prior to registration; and for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Information on the CAAT files and sample reports are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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