Plan your degree experience

At this point, you've added some Interests and Career Goals to your profile, and then used that to add a bunch of related Courses and Opportunities to your profile as well.

Now it's time to figure out a plan: when are you actually going to do all of these things, and just as importantly, are these things enough for you to achieve a well-rounded degree experience?

To figure this out, you'll use the RadGrad Degree Planner. Click on the "Planner" link in the navbar to go to this page.

The Degree Planner

Here is what the Degree Planner page might look like if you are in your first semester and haven't completed any coursework yet:

Pro Tip

If you're not in your first semester, your Degree Plan might show courses in your major that you've already completed.

There are a couple of things to note about this page. First, it shows only a single academic year:

Second, the upper right part of your window displays your "myICE dashboard". Right now the myICE dashboard displays three zeros, all surrounded by completely gray circles:

We'll go into myICE in more detail later in this tutorial, but it's helpful to see what the myICE dashboard looks like prior to adding any Courses or Opportunities to your Degree Plan.

Pro Tip

If you've already completed some courses in your major, then the myICE dashboard will show that you've already earned some Competency points (the middle number will not be zero).

Set up your academic years

One of the first things you'll want to do is to press the "Add Year" button to add as many years as you think you'll need to complete your degree plan. In this case, let's press it three times, so that a total of four academic years are available for planning:

Add Courses to your plan

Let's now add some courses to your plan. In the right hand sidebar, click on the book icon to display a list of all courses you have added to your profile:

Click on the triangle next to a course to display details about it:

You can use your mouse to click over the blue tile and drag it to the semester in which you plan to take the course. For example, here's how the degree planner looks after dragging the ICS 111 course to the Fall 2021 semester:

It's helpful to see that once you've added a course to your plan, the myICE dashboard looks a little different. Specifically, the middle circle now has a touch of blue in addition to the gray:

Let's now add all of the remaining courses to your plan. You can consult department materials or other online resources to figure out a reasonable approach. Your RadGrad course plan doesn't need to be perfect, but it is important to get all of the courses in your profile into your plan if possible.

Here's a plan that includes all of the courses in the profile:

Note that you can drag courses from one semester to another, or click the X to take them off your degree plan.

Add Opportunities to your plan

Let's do the same thing for Opportunities. Click on the lightbulb icon to reveal the Opportunities in your profile:

Just like Courses, you can click on the triangle to show a draggable tile:

Go ahead and drag all of your Opportunities in your profile into your plan. Try to distribute them in a reasonable way so that you aren't overwhelmed in any given semester.

Note that you can do the same Opportunity in multiple semesters!

Here's what a plan might look like after all of the Opportunities have been added. Note that some Opportunities, like participating in the ACM Manoa student club, are part of almost every semester.

So, you have a plan! But is it a good one?

Now that you've added your Courses and Opportunities to the plan, you might be thinking, "So what? How do I know if this plan is any good?"

RadGrad provides a simple way to answer that question: just check the color of the myICE circles! To see the answer for this plan, let's see what the myICE dashboard looks like now:

The numbers are still zero, and that's fine, but what's changed is the color of the circles. You can see that the first circle is completely green with no gray. The second circle is almost, but not quite, completely blue. The third circle is about two thirds red and on third gray.

In RadGrad, a "good" degree plan is "complete". In other words, it's one in which all three circles are completely colored in with no gray. So, this student has not yet completed planning their degree experience. The next page in this tutorial explains how to fix this problem.

Goal for this tutorial page

Before going to the next page in this tutorial, please make sure that all of your Courses and all of your Opportunities are added to your Degree Plan.

If you still have some gray in the circles in your myICE dashboard, don't worry. You'll learn how to fix that next.

Last updated on by Philip Johnson