Academic Advisement (AA) is the module within PeopleSoft Student Administration that is used to track the requirements and regulations that a student must satisfy in order to graduate. As a student progresses towards graduation, Academic Advisement analyzes those courses completed (both successfully and unsuccessfully) by the student and ascertains what requirements are still outstanding. This task is accomplished at SMU by use of the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which audits all of the requirements necessary for each individual student's graduation as set up by the Deans of the various schools. Currently the students, the Deans Offices, the academic departments and the academic advisors can run the Degree Progress Reports.
The AA module team is comprised of Monica Cordero (Module Lead), Pam Fincher, Cho Kim, Darrah Rippy, and Joe Papari. The AA module team goal is to keep the AA module functioning properly within the integrated Student Administrative System and to produce an accurate DPR. To accomplish its goal, the AA module team will setup the requested requirement changes and troubleshoot any reported problems.
Since AA Module must accommodate the varying needs of the individual schools, the Academic Advisement Technology Committee (AATC) has been established in order to provide appropriate representation. This committee is chaired by Betsy Willis (Lyle School of Engineering) and includes a representative from each of the undergraduate disciplines - Barbara Mohrle (Cox School of Business) Ellen Richmond (SMU Premajors), Jay Orenduff (Dedman College), Janet Stephens and Chuck Donaldson (Meadows School of the Arts), and Susan Sifford (Simmons School of Education and Human Development). The AATC's goal is to assist the AA module team in accomplishing its mission by providing degree program setup requests for new and updated plans, troubleshooting and reporting problems and issues that arise, and presenting comments and suggestions on the Degree Progress Report (DPR).