Using the Sage Course Planner

The Sage Course Planner is designed to help you get a clearer picture of the courses you've taken and the ones you should take next. It works by translating your Academic Evaluation into a format that's easier to read and understand.

Understand, however, that this is beta software. We think we've worked out all the bugs, but we can't be 100% sure. You should always double-check everything against your academic evaluation, which is the official, Sage Colleges record of these things. If you have questions, by all means ask your advisor.

sample planHow to generate your semester plan

1. Bring up your Academic Evaluation

  1. First, log into SageAdvisor.
  2. Once you've logged in,click the link for program evaluation (It may also be called academic evaluation) This will bring up your Academic Evaluation.
  3. Select the whole evaluation by clicking ⌘+A (Mac) or CTRL+A (Windows)
  4. Copy your selection by clicking ⌘+C (Mac) or CTRL+C (Windows)

2. Paste it into the Planner

  1. Go to the Course Planner web page (http://www.sage.edu/academics/planner/) and paste your Academic Evaluation into the box in the upper left corner.
  2. Click the Translate button. Your semester plan will appear in the box on the right.

How to use your semester plan

The semester plan is fairly straightforward. It lists, semester by semester, the courses you need to take to complete your degree. Once you've completed a requirement, it indicates it in the column on the left along with the grade you received.

In general, all you have to do is work your way from top to bottom in the list. Once you've completed a semester, try to sign up for the courses listed in the following semester. Repeat until you graduate.

What if you can't take all the courses in order?

We understand: courses will fill up, or they might not fit your schedule. You may have transfer courses fill some of the gaps, but not others. Just try your best to stay on track and you should be okay. Here are a few tips:

  1. Try to work from top to bottom whenever possible. Often, an earlier course may be a pre-requisite for a later course so it's best to get them out of the way first.
  2. Try to schedule a mix of studio and non studio courses. Don't take five studios a semester. It won't work.
  3. In general, electives can be taken any semester. If you're not sure what course to take to fill an elective, hover your mouse over the little question mark next to the elective. A pop-up will appear listing all the different course types that can fill that elective.

Check the bottom for alerts

If the course planner identifies any concerns with your current evaluation, it will list them at the bottom.

What if you have questions?

In most cases, the course planner should give you all the information you need to plan next semester's courses. But if you have any questions, please contact your advisor. He or she can help you interpret the plan and come up with a solution.

If you have any technical questions about the Course Planner, please contact Matt McElligott at mcellm2@sage.edu.