Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Niki Weight and Amy Clark

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Evidence suggests that additional registration tools may improve graduation and retention rates in higher education institutions like Western Oregon University (WOU). The tools that WOU currently employs to support students and advisors could be enhanced to benefit students, advisors, departments, and consequently, the university as a whole. With the guidance of the Student Success and Advising Office and the Office of the Registrar, I conducted research in order to better understand the degree pathway planning needs of students and advisors. Using formal software implementation techniques to elicit software requirements, I evaluated the potential benefits and challenges of available degree pathway planning tools to students, advisors, and administrators. I hope that information generated from this project may be of use to the Office of the Registrar in the process of implementing new systems throughout the continuous improvement of the registration process at WOU. Furthermore, I hope that the recommendations from this research will be a valuable contribution to the university’s mission and its strategic planning initiative, Forward Together. I hope that this project will inspire and inform a successful software implementation and be an asset to the university in its plan to promote student success.

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