The University of Texas at Austin

Online Degree Scheduling With G4

In its continued effort to improve graduation rates of engineering students, the Cockrell School of Engineering is launching a new online scheduling tool called G4.

The G4 Web-based application shows undergraduate students that they can complete a bachelor's degree in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in four years. Hence the name G4 — graduate in four years.

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It provides a visual, digital representation of a student's degree plan, shows progress toward the degree, and helps a student forecast the impact of course selection on graduation. Engineering students can access G4 online via UT Direct.

"We recognized that Cockrell School students would benefit from online support for planning their Bachelor of Science degree. G4 focuses on helping students make informed planning and scheduling decisions about courses in their program," said Cockrell School Dean Gregory L. Fenves. "The goal of G4 is to help students stay on track for completing their Bachelor of Science in engineering in four years."

G4 provides:

An example of the G4 scheduling tool, available online to engineering students via UT Direct.

  • Key scheduling information to help students complete their engineering degrees on time;
  • A semester-by-semester schedule evaluation based on courses students have completed toward their degrees;
  • Options to adjust overall semester credit-hour load so students can pace themselves to degree completion;
  • A review of courses completed against other engineering majors, for those researching internal transfer;
  • Assistance to students and their academic advisers to focus on what’s next for registration.

“Very intuitive, fabulous interface — well done!” said one student tester in a survey. Another student said: “This is a very useful tool. Thank you for all the time you have spent on G4…engineering students will appreciate this program.”

The Cockrell School is releasing a beta version of G4 to engineering students so that they may utilize the system for summer and fall registration (April 15-26) as well as provide feedback on ways to improve the system.

“The launch of G4 is going to be a great enhancement to the advising process,” said Tricia Gore, Cockrell School’s assistant dean for student affairs. “We want students to get the most out of their undergraduate experience. The students can use G4 to prepare for advising appointments, and, as a result, advisers will have more time to talk with students about academic planning and individual choices.”

G4 was created through a collaborative effort between Cockrell School’s Information Technology Group, academic and department advisers, the Student Affairs Office, the Dean’s Office and the engineering students who tested the system.

G4 is not a degree audit nor does it register students for courses. Cockrell School students are encouraged to explore G4, in addition to continuing to meet with academic advisers who can answer any questions about the tool.