Creating an Academic Plan
Instructions for completing your academic plan assignment:
Complete the sample template included at the bottom of the instructions. Be sure to fill in all lines including your name, academic plan, courses required list, the minimum number of credits required, non-required courses taken, and any special notes.
Use the academic plan from the college catalog year that you are following. Most of you will be using the current catalog year but you could be following a previous catalog year. This is determined by the academic year you started in your current program. This does not necessarily mean when you started taking classes at the college. (Click here to access the college catalog page on our website.) (Links to an external site.) You should also check for recent addendums that may affect your plan.
As you sequence your classes in your academic plan, please keep in mind that some classes have prerequisite coursework that must be completed. You will find this in the college catalog in the “Course Descriiptions” section. Some courses may only be offered during a specific semester, use the college catalog plan as a guide or consult with an Academic Advisor. This is mostly applicable to cohort programs.
An example of how to indicate the “Semester taken/will take” in the last column is SP21 Last 8 weeks. All courses should be listed as fall, spring, or summer terms. Keep in mind, many classes required during cohort programs are not offered in the summer. Course schedules are not created far in advance, so make hypotheses as to when you will take future courses. Your plan should reflect all courses required for your chosen degree in the proper order and based on how many credit hours you plan to take at a time.
The “Additional Notes” section in the template is a good place for you to indicate any future concerns/roadblocks you have about any of the classes you will be taking. You should also note courses that have prerequisites or specific sequencing.
Refer to the rubric before you begin to understand how your plan will be evaluated.