Universal Tracking is the university's academic monitoring system that assesses progress toward the student's degree requirements. The universal tracking system provides feedback on the student's progress in a major, helping her or him to find the best academic path to complete their degree. For each major there is a recommended semester plan which illustrates an optimal path for completing the degree in a timely fashion.
Students who Enroll during the fall and spring Semesters
Progress toward a degree is monitored in those semesters to ensure that students are on track. For these students, the summer terms may provide opportunities to catch up on critical-tracking courses or to improve her or his GPA.
Students who Enroll only in the spring and summer Semesters
Progress toward a degree is monitored in those semesters to ensure that students are on track. For these students, the fall semester may provide opportunities to catch up on critical-tracking courses or to improve his or her GPA.
Each semester students are reminded via GatorLink email to review their degree audit on ONE.UF before advance registration for the next term. The audit fits the student's courses and grades into the degree requirements for their major, indicating the requirements that have been completed as well as showing what requirements still need to be completed.
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Minimum Academic Progress
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- Students do not have to complete all of the courses in the recommended plan each semester to remain on track; he or she simply has to meet certain minimum requirements known as critical-tracking criteria.
- Critical-tracking criteria usually include a minimum GPA (UF or overall, depending on the academic program), completion of certain courses toward the major (critical-tracking or preprofessional courses) and a minimum GPA in the critical-tracking courses (tracking or preprofessional GPA). The critical-tracking criteria for each major are listed just before the recommended semester plan for that major; for many majors, critical-tracking courses are bolded in the semester plan. In the degree audit, a summary of critical-tracking criteria appears near the top of the audit.
- All students admitted as freshmen are monitored in their first semester for the Semester 1 critical-tracking criteria, regardless of the number of credits they have earned through dual enrollment and credit by examination.
- An off-track student will have a hold placed on his or her registration to ensure that the student meets with an advisor to discuss their progress. This enables the student to determine what is necessary to get back on track, or to change to a more appropriate major.
- If a student is off-track for two consecutive terms, she or he must change to a major more appropriate to their skills, goals, and performance. After the student selects a new major, they should contact the college offering that major to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss changing majors.
Staying on Track
Students must complete the required critical-tracking courses with the necessary grades each semester. These courses also are listed by major in the catalog. The critical-tracking criteria are minimum requirements for progression; students should consult their degree audit and their advisor to ensure they meet all requirements for graduation.
If a student is predicted to be off-track at the end of the term, a hold will be placed on his or her registration that requires the student meet with an advisor to make a plan to get back on track or change majors.
If a student is predicted to be
on-track, but ended up off-track at the end of term, she or he should meet with an advisor in their college/major before the end of
drop/add for the next term to make a plan to get on track or change majors.
Students should review any holds on ONE.UF when planning their registration for the next semester.
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How Holds affect a Student
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- Holds applied before advance registration prevent students from
registering until they consult an advisor to develop an academic plan to
complete the critical-tracking courses for the current major or identify
a more appropriate major.
- Holds applied at the end of the semester for failure to be on track
for two consecutive semesters require students to see an advisor before the
next term of enrollment to select a new major and to avoid cancellation