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Academic Advising


Advising Technology Access

The University of South Carolina incorporates several key advising platforms into the advising workflow. Advisors who are new to the Columbia campus or advisors who are requesting additional or renewed access should follow the steps below. 

Need Access to One or More Advising Technologies? 

Follow these steps to gain or renew your access to EAB Advising Platform, Self-Service Carolina, or DegreeWorks. 

  1. Fill out the Access Request Form [pdf]  and have your supervisor or college liaison sign it.
  2. Complete "Advising Foundations" online training course via Blackboard. Register for the course here
  3. Once training is completed and you have sent your access form to the Process Steward, you will receive an email from utsweb@mailbox.sc.edu with the subject line New Technology Access Request once your request has been processed (sample email[pdf]).  Follow the instructions in this email to accept the Terms and Conditions

USC-Columbia Advising Technologies

EAB Advising Platform (Pathfinder)

The EAB Advising Platform (known as Pathfinder on the Columbia campus), populated by a nightly feed of student data from Banner, provides a simple overview of key student information; success marker notifications; risk scoring for early intervention; a full transcript view and incoming student test and placement scores; easy list development based on hundreds of student attributes (GPA ranges; credit completion percentages; specific courses; participation in certain groups such as Honors, athletics, or sorority/fraternity; transfers; etc); a major matcher feature integrated with hiring and salary data provided by O-Net; easy referrals to support offices across campus who will reach out to the student and then close the loop with the advisor who made the referral. It is also the primary scheduling software on USC Columbia's campus. The Education Advisory Board launches new releases of platform functionality, developed with direct feedback from platform users, on a monthly basis.

Self Service Carolina

USC's primary resource for students and faculty (also known as MySC)

DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks aids students and advisors in monitoring student progress toward degree completion and assists students in choosing the most appropriate courses to fulfill degree requirements. Integrated with student academic records in Banner, DegreeWorks matches student record data (courses, hours, grades) with degree requirements categorically to identify which courses meet degree requirements and which courses need to be completed. DegreeWorks also allows users to run What If and Look Ahead scenarios to both show how projected courses will apply to a student’s major and apply a student’s course history to another program of study.