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SOAR for Advisors

What is SOAR?


SOAR is an automated record reflecting academic progress toward degree completion. By considering completed coursework, your current EWU enrolled courses, and transfer coursework, SOAR provides timely information on your progress toward degree completion. 

SOAR...

  • Does NOT replace academic advising. SOAR enhances advising and encourages student contact with their academic and major/faculty advisors to help make it easier and lead to more meaningful interactions between the advisor and the student.
  • Is NOT an official transcript. It is an internal document that is not intended to report student achievement to outside parties.
  • Does NOT replace written information such as the University catalog, program fliers and other handouts that explain programs and their procedures.


Benefits of using SOAR..


How do I log into SOAR?


What kinds of reports/audits can I request in SOAR?


How do I request a Current Program audit? A Current Program audit shows general education progress for undeclared students and progress in the major/minor program(s) for declared students


How do I request a Selected Program ("What If") audit?


What if I have questions about a student's SOAR degree audit?


How do I plan future courses in SOAR?


Information for students with transfer credits

 

Check out the SOAR WordPress for additional information!

 


Benefits of using SOAR..

  • Helps students and their advisors monitor progress towards degree completion.
  • Lists University and degree requirements in one audit.
  • Takes the "guesswork" out of selecting courses for future enrollment.
  • Shows which requirements are complete and which courses still need to be taken.
  • Calculates cumulative EWU GPA as well as GPA for various areas, such as the major and minor.
  • Shows where official transfer work will apply toward degree requirements.
  • Exceptions (approved major course substitutions) will be displayed within the degree requirements.
  • Anticipate and pinpoint problem areas early on, in order to resolve them in a timely manner.
  • Draws its information from Banner (EWU's Student Information System), therefore, each time you run a new SOAR degree audit, the information is updated. It's very important to run a new degree audit each time.
  • Thinking about changing your major? A "What If" SOAR degree audit can be run that shows you exactly how coursework already completed applies toward another major.
  • Enhances student success at EWU.


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How do I log into SOAR?

Log in through EagleNET:

  1. Click the Faculty Services tab or Faculty and Advisors
  2. Then, SOAR Degree Audit

Log in through http://web.ewu.edu/banner/secure/links/:

  1. Click SOAR for Advisors [PROD]
  2. Login with your EagleNET/SOAR User Name and Password

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What kinds of reports/audits can I run in SOAR?

Audits for undeclared students:

  • Request a Current Program audit: The Current Program for an undeclared student displays the student's progress through General Education and Graduation Requirements.
  • Request a Selected Program audit: Runs a "What-if" audit for a particular major/minor the student might be interested in.

Audits for declared students:

  • Request a Current Program audit: The Current Program for a declared student displays the student's progress through major/minor(s) declared and General Education and Graduation Requirements.
  • Request a Selected Program audit: Run a "What-if" audit for a particular major/minor, in case the student is considering adding a second major/minor or changing her/his major/minor. 

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How do I request a Current Program audit?

  1. After you have logged into SOAR (see SOAR log in directions).
  2. Input the Student ID or Search by Student Name.
  3. Click the Request Audit button.
  4. Run Current Programs is selected by default.
  5. Click Run Audit at the bottom of the screen.
  6. The audit may take a several seconds to load..
  7. After the audit has finished loading, it will appear in the Completed Audit Requests list.
  8. Click View Audit (on the far right side) to open the audit.

Visit Navigating SOAR for SOAR screen shots and additional information.

**It's very important to request a new degree audit each time you meet with a student as degree audits do not update when the student record does.**


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How do I run a Selected Program ("What If") audit?

  1. After you have logged into SOAR (see SOAR log in directions).
  2. Input the Student ID or Search by Student Name.
  3. Click the Request Audit button.
  4. Select the radial button to the left of Run Selected Program.
  5. Select a department from the Department list.
  6. Select a major from the Major list.
  7. Click Run Audit at the bottom of the screen.
  8. The audit may take a several seconds to load..
  9. After the audit has finished loading, it will appear in the Completed Audit Requests list.
  10. Click View Audit (on the far right side) to open the audit.

Visit Navigating SOAR for SOAR screen shots and additional information.

**It's very important to request a new degree audit each time you meet with a student as degree audits do not update when the student record does.**


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What if I have questions about a student's SOAR degree audit?

If you request an audit and you find that something in the audit looks strange, make sure to consult the corresponding year's EWU Catalog (all audits default to the current catalog year). You may also contact General Undergraduate Academic Advising (GUAA): 359.2345 for questions/clarification of General Education Requirements, or Julie Harner in Records and Registration: 359.6402 for concerns/questions about SOAR interpretation of major/degree requirements.

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How do I plan future courses in SOAR?

If you are assisting students to plan future courses in SOAR, there are two ways to plan:

Adding planned courses from inside a requested audit:

  1. Request a new audit (see directions above).
  2. Within the audit, courses that can be used to meet an incomplete requirement will be listed in black, i.e.: GEOG100.
  3. Click any underlined course numbers for a course you wish to plan into the degree. A pop-up box will display the course description and a list of prerequisites for the course. It will also ask you "Would you like to add this as a planned course?"
  4. Click Add and then input:
    1. In Year: select the term in which the student wishes to plan this course (example: Fall 2011)
    2. In Grade: input a "what-if" grade; P (pass) is the default "what-if" grade
    3. The Course, Credits and Title fields are automatically generated
    4. Click Save
    5. The course will be added to the Planned Coursework list
  5. Click the Add Planning button to add another course OR
  6. Click the Audit Results tab to return to the degree audit to add another course.
Once all of the planned courses have been added, you will need to request a new audit by clicking the Request Audit button. In the Options section of the audit request screen, choose P - Include Planned Courses in the What If Course field.  

Adding planned courses via planned courses menu:

  1. Request a new audit (see directions above).
  2. Click the Courses tab at the top of the audit
  3. Click Planned Courses
  4. Click the Add Planning button and input:
    1. In Year: the term in which the student wishes to take the course (example: Fall 2011)
    2. In Course: the course subject and course number (example: GOVT100)
    3. In Grade: a "what-if" grade; P (pass) is the default "what-if" grade 
    4. Credits and Title fields will automatically generate
    5. Click Save
    6. The course will add to the Planned Coursework list
  5. Click the Add Planning button to add another course
Once all of the planned courses have been added, you will need to request a new audit by clicking the Request Audit button. In the Options section of the audit request screen, choose P - Include Planned Courses in the What If Course field.

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Information for students with transfer credits


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