DegreeWorks Project Overview

Initiator: The DegreeWorks project at Appalachian was initiated by the Student Government Association, which passed a resolution (SGA Bill 043-003) calling for a degree audit system in Fall 2009. Immediately following that action, the (formerly) Enrollment Management Council and Dean’s Council approved the software and full service implementation purchase.

Description: To implement a degree audit system at Appalachian State University. The degree audit system will function as a student planning, advising and audit.  It should achieve the following objectives/benefits:

  • decrease time-to-degree
  • produce transparent and more efficient certification of degree
  • provide a paperless advising and degree audit process


Experts in their college for accuracy of information in DegreeWorks. Power-users are the “go-to” in their college for questions and corrections needed in DegreeWorks.

  • Arts & Sciences – Jeni Wyatt
  • Business – Sheryl Kane
  • Health Sciences – Jessica Guggenheimer
  • Music – Jay Jackson and Janet Seatz
  • Fine & Applied – Mark Miller
  • Education – Oana Devera
  • Graduate School – Anna Basnight and Charity Chicoine
  • University College – Christine Anderson and Jayne Greene
  • Honors College - Angela Mead
  • General Education - Kristin Hyle

Scribe for Degreeworks Software

Responsible for transferring Appalachian’s unique academic policies and curriculum into the programming language of the software. 

  • Crystal Greer, Registrar's Office - 828-262-6402

Technical Experts

Ensure data download from Banner to DegreeWorks is accurate. Manage the web interface and serve as liaison with other ITS staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.

  • Beth Pouder, ITS
  • Eric Berry, Registrar’s Office
  • Daniel West, ITS
  • Martin Moore, ITS
  • Crystal Greer, Registrar’s Office



Implementation Timeline for Historical Purposes

OctoberStudent Government Association passed a resolution (SGA Bill 043-003) calling for a degree audit system
DecemberSoftware and full service implementation purchased
JanuaryPlanning begins with SunGard, Registrar’s Office and ITS
AprilImplementation Teams named, begin work
May2009-2010 catalog authentication work begins by Core Implementation Team
NovemberSubmit authenticated 2009-2010 catalog to SunGard for scribing
DecDean’s Council and AP&P approve new academic policy to ensure smooth transition for DegreeWorks
JanuaryProject Kick-Off with SunGard Functional Consultant
FebruaryTraining/Testing Session I with SunGard Functional Consultant
AprilTraining/Testing Session II with SunGard Functional Consultant
JuneTraining/Testing Session III with SunGard Functional Consultant
Complete scribing of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 catalog
Training for Power-Users, Professional Advisors and Dean's Offices
AugustBegin Implementation Phases
SeptemberTraining for Professional Advisors
OctoberStudent Focus Groups
DecemberTraining for Department Chairs and Program Coordinators
May / Sept.Training for Faculty Advisors
OctoberRoll-Out to New and Continuing Students
2013 - present
 Reporting from Degreeworks is still a work in-progress