What is the BW Graduation Plan?
The BW Graduation Plan is an online tool used by students to organize and track courses. It facilitates timely graduation by mapping a plan for educational success.
With 89 percent of the students participating in Commencement having earned their degree in eight semesters or less, Baldwin Wallace has an excellent record of helping students graduate in a timely manner.
Among its initiatives directed to this goal, the College recently introduced its Graduation Plan, a successful web-based program that is being used by students of all class levels. Through it, a student can plan courses for the next term as well as for his/her entire college tenure.
Benefits of the Graduation Plan
Building on the important relationship a student has with his/her academic advisor, the Graduation Plan facilitates online and face-to-face student-advisor discussion.
These interactions are a key part of a BW education because they help a student make the right choices concerning coursework and co-curricular activities, as well as experiential learning opportunities like internships, study abroad, independent studies and more.
In addition, the Graduation Plan works with a student's Academic Program Evaluation (Eval). The Eval is a record-keeping online tool that allows a student to track which courses he/she has completed in the core, in his/her major and minor, and more.
The Eval also lists the courses in which he/she is registered and the ones that are still needed to complete requirements. The Eval also tallies the total number of credit hours earned by the student.
As a companion to the Eval, the Graduation Plan facilitates planning of coursework both now and for semesters to come. It also gives students an understanding of how their actions and inaction can affect their anticipated graduation date.
Helping Students Succeed
The Eval and Graduation Plan are two online tools students can use to stay on track. Equally important are the academic advising appointments students have each semester.
These sessions enable students to review coursework, discuss co-curricular, study abroad and experiential learning activities, and plan ahead for graduate school, employment or other post-graduation opportunities. Other tips students can employ for graduating on time include:
- Carefully reviewing the college catalog and knowing all requirements for graduation.
- Taking an average of 15.5 credit hours each semester.
- Registering for classes as early as possible to avoid getting shut out of required courses.
- Being diligent in completing academic requirements during freshman and sophomore years and being aware of prerequisites needed for upper-level courses.
- Avoiding the need to drop courses. Dropping courses wastes time and money.
- Whenever applicable, taking courses that meet more than one requirement (core as well as for a major).
- Considering summer school for needed coursework or to lessen the load during the school year.
- Seeking help with academic problems or personal difficulties as they arise.