Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Degree Plan 101

You may have seen information regarding your degree plan on the Tarleton website or on your personal Blackboard account and wondered what it was. In the following post we will discuss what it is, how to file it, and why it is so important.

In 2011 Texas House Bill 3025 was passed which requires all students who have successfully completed 45 hours of course work to file a degree plan. According to the Association of of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the degree plan serves as a "statement of the course of study requirements that an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education must complete in order to be awarded an associate of bachelor's degree from the institution." To read the complete bill, you can visit

To file your degree plan you must have the required 45 hours of course work. Also, you must have it completed by your primary academic advisor. Your advisor has access to the official form and he or she will help you fill it out and attain all the necessary signatures. Once all signatures have been obtained, the form will be sent to the Registrar's Office. It generally takes, at minimum, one week for the form to be completed and arrive at the Registrar's Office.

Filing your official degree is very important, for it ensures that you are enrolled in all the proper courses and it also helps keep you on track for a timely graduation. 

If you have any further questions, please visit the Degree Plan page of the Tarleton website at

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