As the CSU moves towards more responsive and dynamic advisement, the implementation of a digital degree planner, or roadmap, at all 23 campuses systemwide will be essential as it ensures that CSU students are provided a consistently clear path to graduation. A digital degree planner is defined as a personalized, app-based tool that prepopulates degree requirements and course-taking options offering students real-time, semester-by-semester planning for registration and degree completion. The digital tool should be maintained for accuracy and account for all previously earned and applicable credit prior to registration.

Evidence shows that planners provide students with an accurate, real-time understanding of what courses they need to graduate (including A2/B4 courses) and real-time corrections when key academic milestones are missed. Historically underrepresented students and first-generation students benefit significantly when given access to a degree planner as they often accumulate fewer credits in their first year, are retained at a lower percentage and more likely to struggle
with navigating the course registration process. Digital degree planners are one critical element for solidifying what are commonly referred to as Guided Pathways that: clarify pathways to a student's end goal; help students choose and enter particular degree pathways; help students stay on track; and ensure student learning.

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