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Using the myPath Planner

What is the Planner?
The educational planner assists students in planning their courses for future semesters to complete the desired program. Program plans to assist in course planning will be available by clicking on the Program Plans tab from within myPath.
What is the Planner feature?
The Planner is a tool to arrange course requirements into future semester blocks. Students may find this helpful as they forecast their academic career. It is recommended that students create an active plan and keep it up-to-date. This information may be used by university administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.
Students will see both an audit and planning blocks on the computer screen. Students can drag and drop courses from the audit into future semester blocks. Students can also type courses directly into the planner boxes. The courses should be entered as they appear in the catalog (e.g., CHM 115, not Chemistry 115).
Can a student create multiple plans?
Yes, however, only one plan at a time may be kept as an active plan. Mark the plan that will be followed as the active plan. This information may be used by university administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

Will plans be saved?
Yes. myPath will allow students to save all plans they create; however, only one plan may be marked as active.
Will the academic advisor be able to see a student’s plan(s)?
Yes. The academic advisor can see the plan(s) and participate with students in the planning process. The notes feature will help the student and their advisor to keep additional information. The academic advisor may choose to lock the plan after discussing it with you. Once the plan is locked, students will need to return to their advisor to make any additional changes.
What does it mean when a Planner is locked?
If a student wishes to make changes to a locked plan they will need to see their academic advisor.
How often should the planner be updated?
At a minimum, students should review and update their planner every semester before meeting with their academic advisor. The Planner should be updated after students change their major, drop a course, receive an unsatisfactory grade in a course, or make any other changes that affect the degree progress. Once a semester ends and grades are placed on the academic records, students will no longer be able to update information for that term. The information for that term will appear at the bottom of the plan as completed coursework.
If a student places a course(s) in their planner, are they automatically registered for that course in that future semester?
No. The planner is for planning purposes only. There is no guarantee students will be able to register for a desired course. The course still needs proper registration and prerequisite checking completed. Students will continue to register through myBanner during their assigned registration time.
Is the course placed in the planner guaranteed to be offered for that future semester?
No. The planner is for planning purposes only. Final course schedules are available to students online shortly before registration. If it is discovered that a planned course is not being offered, an alternative course should be chosen. The original course, if still needed, should be moved to a future term.
Can the plan be printed?
Yes. There is a print button at the top of the planner.
How should a student indicate that they intend to take a class at another institution this summer?
In order that the academic advisor/department is able to track what a student intends to take at another institution, the student should do the following: in the course field enter the intended subject to take beginning with a hyphen.
For example: “- Math” (make sure to include a space between the hyphen and the subject). In the Notes field, enter the institution and course number at the other institution, such as, “University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MTH 125”.


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