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Course Change Explorer

One of the most time-consuming aspects of maintaining your equivalencies is determining if the feeder course(s) has(have) changed at all. The Course Change Explorer allows you to compare any institution’s catalogs from one year to the next. You can review feeder catalogs while keeping your transfer equivalency database up- to-date. This saves valuable time.

The Course Change Explorer report highlights the changes in courses from one catalog to another in a matter of seconds, and makes it very easy for the evaluator to determine what needs to be reviewed.

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  • Type in name, initials, state, or city of the institution you would like to review.
  • Click image and then select the Institution.
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  • Select the two data sets to be compared and click image (at the end/bottom of the list).

TES will compare every course code, title, description, units/credits, prerequisite, corequisites, lecture hours, lab hours, recommendations, term(s) offered, and grade basis from these two datasets and provides a list of the courses that have CHANGED, been DROPPED, and ADDED.

The CHANGED? List reports each course compared and marks the appropriate column for changes.

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  • If no changes are detected, you will see a message to that affect (NO CHANGE DETECTED).
  • Select any of the entries by selecting the image icon.
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  • The first column displays the 2014-2015 (older) version of this course and the second column displays the 2015-16 (newer) version.
  • The heading for any of the changed elements will display in gold text.
  • Elements that were added from one catalog to the next will appear with blue shading.
  • Elements that were removed from one catalog to the next will appear with red shading.
  • Use the puzzle piece icon (image) to create an equivalency or the tracker icon (image) to route out for evaluation.

The puzzle piece icon (image) displays the Course Finder screen with tools to assist with evaluation. If you have an equivalent in the TES database for this course, you will see it in the CURRENT EQUIVALENCIES section.

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  • If you have an existing equivalency that needs to be reviewed/edited, you will need to proceed to the Equivalency Manager to make the necessary changes.

If you have an existing equivalency that will need to be re-evaluated based on the changes to the course, the tracker icon (image) displays the Evaluation Tracker screen to route the course for transfer evaluation.

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The DROPPED? List displays the courses that were in the older dataset that have been dropped from the newer dataset.

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  • Select any of the entries by selecting the image icon.

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  • Use the puzzle piece icon image) to determine if you have an equivalency that might need to be end-dated.

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  • The ADDED? List reports any new courses added to the later data set.

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  • Select any of the entries by selecting the image icon.
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  • Use the puzzle piece icon (image) to create an equivalency or the tracker icon (image) to route an evaluation task out for review.
    • The puzzle piece icon image) displays the Course Finder screen with tools to assist with evaluation.
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    • The tracker icon (Image_194.jpg) displays the Evaluation Tracker screen to route the course for transfer evaluation.

Let’s quickly recap. The SEARCH menu provides access to the following elements:

  • Course Finder (All users)
    • Use the course finder to look up course descriptions in the included institution data sets.
  • Equivalency Finder (All users)
    • Use the Equivalency Finder to view the current equivalencies defined by your institution.
  • Course List Report (for users with the Course List Report User Right)
    • Use the Course List Report to create a list of courses (and see their equivalencies if your institution stores equivalencies in TES).
  • Course Change Explorer (for users with the Explorer Report User Right)
    • Use the Course Change Explorer to review changes to courses from one catalog year to the next for your feeder institutions.
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