Thomas Edison State University By Thomas Edison State University • June 10, 2014

3 Smart Strategies To Make the Most Of Your Academic Evaluation

When it comes to your academic evaluation, have you ever thought, “Hey, nobody ever told me that?"

Your customized academic program evaluation is an invaluable planning tool that shows you where your previously earned credit, like transfer credit and/or licenses/certifications, will fit into your degree, so you can see what courses you have left to take. It is organized into the different requirements needed to earn your degree (i.e. General Education, Area of Study, Free Electives), and as each requirement is fulfilled, the credit will appear with the corresponding grade.

But there’s more to it than that. Your academic evaluation requires planning and preparation. 

1. Print out and read your academic evaluation before you speak to your advisor.

Jot down questions or comments, draw arrows, highlight – whatever works best for you to identify areas of concern or confusion so you can address them immediately and get the answers you need.

2. Never conduct your advising appointments while driving.

Not only are there far too many distractions on the road, but you will also not be able to see the websites, recommendations and resources your advisor will discuss as he or she explains the degree planning process. 

3. Familiarize yourself with the codes and abbreviations on your academic evaluation.

These codes indicate where credits have been applied and planned, pre-registered and in-progress, or if a course requirement has yet to be completed or selected.

By understanding your academic evaluation, you can make the right choices for earning your degree and planning ahead that are best for you.

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