Degree Works FAQ

Using the “What If”

What is the What If feature?

The What If function allows you to hypothetically change your degree program. The What If audit will show you what coursework is required for the hypothetical program; what courses you have taken that satisfy requirements; and what courses are still left for you to take.

If I use the What If feature does this mean that I have changed my program?

No. The What If function is for information purposes only. You will see the header What If Audit displayed at the top of the audit whenever an audit is run on a What If scenario.

I’m thinking of changing my program. Will I be able to see if my current classes will fulfill new requirements associated with this change?

Yes. The What If function will perform an audit based on the hypothetical program and will show how your completed, current, and planned coursework meets the requirements of the hypothetical program.

Can my advisor see my What If scenario?

Since What If scenarios are not saved in Degree Works, your advisor can only see your results if the two of you work through a What If procedure together or if you show him/her a printout of a What If scenario you generated on your own.

Can I save a What If Audit?

Yes, you can save the What If Audit to your personal computer as a PDF document. What If Audits cannot be saved within Degree Works. 

To save a What If Audit: 

  1. Click the What If feature under the Degree Audits tab.
  2. Fill in the hypothetical criteria using the drop down boxes and free-text course boxes.
  3. Click Print/Save as PDF button.
  4. With the PDF version of your audit now open on the screen, click the save button in the upper left-hand corner or press Shift+Ctrl+S to Save.
  5. When the Save As dialogue box appears, navigate on your personal computer to the location where you want the file stored, type in the desired file name, and click Save.

Can I view multiple What If scenarios on the same screen?

Yes. Degree Works will allow you to select more than one program at a time or to select multiple programs.

Can I print a What If scenario?

Yes, to print a What If Audit:

  1. Click the What If feature under the Degree Audits tab.
  2. Fill in the hypothetical criteria using the drop down boxes and free-text course boxes.
  3. Click Print/Save as PDF button.
  4. With the PDF version of your audit now open on the screen, click the printer icon in the upper left-hand corner or press Ctrl+P to Print.

If I like what I see in a What If scenario, how do I initiate the changes?

Visit the office of your intended program.

Why are some pages not showing on my PDF view of printout?

Degree Works relies on your internet browser and its Adobe plug-ins for the PDF view and printout. Please make sure you are on the latest version available for both. If you need assistance, please contact the Technology Support Center at: Phone: 785-670-3000, email: support@washburn.edu, Location: Bennett Computer Center room 104. See their website for their hours.