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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Universal Tracking

Universal Tracking (UT) is the University of Florida's academic monitoring system that provides students with an assessment of progress toward degree requirements. There is a recommended eight-semester plan for each major. This plan is the optimal path for completing the degree in four years.

Students' progress toward their degrees is monitored each semester to ensure that they are on track (summer terms are not included in tracking and may be used by students to ‘catch up’ and get back on track). Each fall and spring semester, students are reminded via a GatorLink email to review their degree audit on ISIS before advance registration the next term. The audit fits a student’s courses and grades into the degree requirements to show the student what is met and what the student still needs to complete.

What is Universal Tracking?

  • Universal tracking is the university’s academic monitoring system. The system requires students to complete courses designated as critical-tracking courses with the required GPA in the semester or semesters indicated to be 'on track' for the designated major.
  • Critical-tracking courses are designated on ISIS by the <<< or ### symbols on the degree audit.

What is the purpose of monitoring a student's course work?

  • The universal tracking system allows students the freedom to explore majors and to receive feedback on their progress in the major in order to find the best academic path to complete a degree.

How does universal tracking help students find the best major?

  • Each fall and spring semester before advance registration, the UT system reviews each student's academic progress and will place an academic HOLD on records that do not meet the minimum academic standards for the major.
  • A hold impedes registration and requires students to see an adviser before registering.
  • Advisers will help students find a major that is appropriate to their talents and interests.

How do students stay ON Track for their major?

  • Complete the critical-tracking courses indicated by <<< or ### each semester on the degree audit. These courses also are listed by major in the catalog.

How are students notified if they are OFF Track for the major?

  • The Office of the University Registrar will notify them. Students can also review their HOLDS on ISIS.

How can students find out what the tracking criteria are for other majors?

How does a holds affect students?

  • Holds applied before advance registration prevent students from registering until they consult an adviser to develop an academic plan to complete the critical-tracking courses for the current major.
  • Holds applied at the end of the semester for poor academic performance for two consecutive semesters require students to see an adviser before the next term of enrollment to select a new major and to avoid cancellation of enrollment.

How many terms can a student be off track for the same major?

  • Students who are off track two consecutive fall and spring semesters must see an adviser to select a more appropriate major.

How does a student change majors?

  • Contact the advising office of the college that offers the major.

What other resources are available to help select a new major?

  • Academic Advising Center advisers can discuss the majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as in other colleges.
  • The Career Resource Center in the Reitz Union offers workshops and other assistance to find a new major.