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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Degree Planner?

Degree Planner is an interactive planning tool that helps students map out what courses to take and when to take them, so students can finish their degree as quickly as possible.

What degrees are in Degree Planner?

Degree Planner currently contains American River College's most in-demand degrees. We are actively adding more degrees during the 2020-2021 academic year.

See a list of degrees available in Degree Planner.

What if a student hasn't selected a major or degree path yet?

The degrees available in Degree Planner are the most popular among students who graduate from American River College. If you haven't selected a degree yet, then we would encourage you to consider one of these great options.

Make an appointment with a counselor if you have questions.

Who can use Degree Planner?

Students who meet the following criteria currently have access to Degree Planner:

  • You have selected one of the degrees currently available in Degree Planner
  • You started attending American River College in summer 2019 or later

Where can a student find Degree Planner?

Students who are have declared one of the degrees that are live in Degree Planner will have access to Degree Planner under Academic Records in their eServices.

  1. From the eServices dashboard, click Academic Records.
    Screenshot of eServices dashboard with arrow pointing to Academic Records tile
  2. The Degree Planner link will display in the section navigation menu if it is available to the student.
    Screenshot of eServices with arrow pointing to Degree Planner link

From there, you can follow the instructions to start planning your courses and working towards earning your degree.

What if a student doesn't see Degree Planner when they click on Academic Records?

The Degree Planner link is in the navigation bar on the left side of the page.

If you have access to Degree Planner, then you will see the link listed after Student Ed Plan. If you do not see Degree Planner, then it's likely because you did not declare one of the majors currently available in Degree Planner (see a list of degrees available in Degree Planner) or you started before summer 2019.

If you have selected a major that is in Degree Planner and began school in summer 2019 or later but you do not see Degree Planner, then contact the Los Rios HelpDesk.

If a student's degree is not in Degree Planner, then what should they do?

The degrees available in Degree Planner are the most popular among students who graduate from American River College. We will continue to make more degrees available in the months and years ahead.

Until then, make an appointment with a counselor at American River College to make or update your Individual Student Educational Plan (iSEP).

If you haven't selected a degree yet or are looking to switch majors, then we encourage you to consider one of the great degree options available in Degree Planner.

Can part-time students use Degree Planner?

Absolutely! Degree Planner provides a semester-by-semester course plan to help you complete your degree and be ready for transfer, whether you are attending full-time or part-time.

If you are a part-time student, then Degree Planner can help you manage the demands of your academic work and meet your individual needs. You can adjust the number of units you want to take each semester. You can also rearrange your classes based on which classes balance best with your workload, family responsibilities, and so on.

How does Degree Planner work?

Degree Planner provides a semester-by-semester course plan to help students complete their degree in two years and be ready for transfer, if they are attending college full-time. If you are a part-time student, then Degree Planner will help you plan your classes based on the number of units you can take each semester.

In Degree Planner, you can adjust your plan to manage the demands of your academic work with your individual needs and circumstances. You can select the number of units you want to take each semester. You can rearrange your classes based upon course availability and other factors, like which classes balance best with your workload, family responsibilities, and so on.

As your life changes, you can change your plan to meet your needs. When you make changes to your availability or number of units in Degree Planner, it automatically updates your plan and re-prioritizes your remaining degree requirements.

Degree Planner also reads the courses you have already taken at any of the colleges in the Los Rios Community College District (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College). If a course meets a degree requirement in your major but is from a different Los Rios college, then Degree Planner recognizes the equivalent course and counts it towards your degree. Then, it re-prioritizes the remaining courses you need to take to complete your degree.

When will Degree Planner be available to all students?

American River College is working on adding more degrees (and eventually certificates) to Degree Planner in the 2020-2021 academic year to provide access to all of our students.

How will students know if/when their degree becomes available in Degree Planner?

When degrees are added to Degree Planner, students who are majoring in these degrees will be contacted via the eServices Message Center and Los Rios Gmail. The link to Degree Planner will also automatically be added to the navigation bar under Academic Records in your eServices.

Learn More

Watch the following video to learn more about Degree Planner.