FAQs REGARDING WHAT-IF REPORTS
1. WHAT are what-if reports?
What-if (WHIF) reports allow undergraduate students, faculty and staff to request advisement reports (aka “Degree Audits”) for a plan(s) other than those in which a student is currently enrolled.
Faculty and staff working with students in pre-major plans should use WHIF reports in order to see how courses fulfill requirements for a desired major.
Requesting an academic requirements report for a pre-major student, rather than a WHIF report, results in a very brief audit that displays entrance-to-college requirements and a referral to request a WHIF report.
2. WHERE can WHIF reports be requested?
WHIF reports are available through Advisor Center. Select the What-if Report in the “other academic” drop-down in the Academics section on the Student Center Tab.
WHIF reports are available through Student Center. Select the What-if Report in the “other academic” drop-down in the Academics section.
WHIF reports are not available through Student Services Center (Student).
3. Why are requirement terms listed on the WHIF report request page?
Penn State’s current policies require different requirement terms for different requirements. Some examples:
A student’s entrance requirements are based on the year they enter the
University. (Career Requirement Term)*
A student’s major requirements are based on the year they enter the major.
(Plan Requirement Term)*
*At Penn State, these are typically two different terms.
Appropriate career, program and plan requirement terms need to be selected in order to display the appropriate requirements in a degree audit.
WHICH requirement terms should be selected?
Career and Program: the term students are admitted or re-enrolled to the University.
Plan: the term students enter their major/option.
A summary is listed on the WHIF request page.