PLAN Week Information – please share!

This week the college started Plan Week—it’s the time in each semester when we encourage students to get ready to meet with their advisor, register and plan next steps in their college careers.

If you’re a student:

You can learn everything you need to know about the week on the advising pages of the City Tech website and here on this City Tech Guide, but in summary every weekday from March 9 – 15, you will receive an email with a guided activity:

  • March 9: Checking DegreeWorks for remaining requirements
  • March 10: Filling out your Academic Career Planner
  • March 13: Preparing to speak with an advisor
  • March 14: Checking and resolving holds
  • March 15: Checking registration appointment and setting reminders

Students who complete Plan Week activities and submit a completed response form will be eligible for a raffle and can win MasterCard gift certificates or the grand prize of a pair of Beats headphones.

Students are also being offered guided help from FYP peer mentors in the Atrium Learning Center and on Zoom two days next week:

  • In Person: Monday, March 13 in Atrium Learning Center
    • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Location: Library G-18
  • On Zoom: Tuesday, March 14
    • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Zoom ID and link: 885 9965 3975 | Passcode: 865146

If you’re a faculty or staff member:

Please help connect with students with Plan Week and encouraging them to participate:

  • Announce Plan Week to your students and encourage them to check their City Tech email and participate
  • Share this flyer about Plan Week activities
  • Link students to information about Plan Week by sharing the links above or sharing the link to this post.

Happy PLANning!

Spring 2023 Plan Week, March 9—15

City Tech students:

Plan Week activities are designed to prepare you for advisement and registration for summer and/or fall and beyond, and to ensure you are taking the right courses and asking the right questions to stay on the path to graduation and achieving your future goals.

Keep reading to learn more and see how you can win prizes for participating in Plan Week:

Plan Week Activities

Thursday, March 9: Check Your DegreeWorks Degree Audit

— learn which courses you still need to take to graduate

Log into DegreeWorks and take notes on what you still need to complete your degree. Starting at the top of your screen with the DEGREE area, write down the answers to these questions and keep them handy for tomorrow’s activity:

  • How many more total credits do you need?
  • How many more liberal arts and sciences credits do you need?
  • How many more Writing Intensive classes do you need?
  • Scrolling down, look at your Pathways section and, if it isn’t already completed, write down at least two courses or group names (like Individual and Society) that you might want to take next semester.
  • Finally, look at your major area and write down the next few courses that you haven’t taken yet.

Friday, March 10: Fill in Your Academic Career Planner

— plan your semester-by-semester path to graduation

The Academic Career Planner is a tool to help you visualize what classes you will take over time in order to complete your degree. If you have already started one, this is a good time to review the next two semesters to see if you want or need to make any changes to your plans.

  1. Download the pdf that’s right for you — associate or bachelor’s degree — and save it somewhere you’ll be able to find again. You can download and save the planner as a clickable and fillable pdf file, or print and fill it in with pen or pencil. (Free printing is available in the library and G600, LG 18, and V217 computer labs.)
  2. Using the information you wrote down yesterday, and looking at your degree requirements on the college website, fill in the next two semesters — or more if you want to lay out the classes and timing that works best for you from the start to the end of your time at City Tech.
  3. You can use the Sample Course of Study tab on the degree page to see the sequence of courses your department recommends that you take, and to use as a starting point for your personal plan. Make sure to click on classes and read the prerequisites when you’re choosing which courses to take first.
  4. As you fill out the planner, write down any questions that you have and save them for Monday’s activity.

Monday, March 13: Prepare to Meet with Your Advisor

— prepare questions about ways to get involved, to prepare for your career, or address any challenges

After your first semester at City Tech, you switch from having a STAR Center advisor to consulting with a faculty advisor in your department.

If you are in ACE, ASAP, EDGE, or SEEK, you should speak to your advisor there about your schedule, but you can also benefit from talking to a faculty advisor in your department about things specific to your major and careers in your field.

You can find a list of departments and how to contact faculty advisors on the advising site.

  1. Click to expand the section that is relevant to your major, and copy and paste or write down how to get in touch with your faculty advisor. This might be a specific name and email address or Zoom link, or it might be a place to fill out a form with your specific question to get matched with the right person, or it might be a table of faculty advisors with times and locations of availability.
  2. Decide on your next step to get in touch with an advisor and take action, whether that is setting yourself a reminder to attend in-person hours, sending an email, or submitting a form.
  3. Make a list of questions you want to ask your advisor when you meet. The list should include the questions you had when filling out your Academic Career Planner. Here are additional ideas for topics you might want to ask about:
    • Your skills, interests, and career plans, or intention to attend graduate or professional school
    • What track or electives in the degree might fit with your skills, interests, and future plans
    • A review of your Academic Career Planner, and any recommendations your advisor has
    • Whether the classes you want are likely to be available in a specific semester or summer session
    • Recommendations for clubs, activities, or projects that align with your interests
    • What area they conduct research in, and if they work with undergraduate researchers or could recommend other professors who do
    • Anything else relevant to your academic or co-curricular plans at City Tech and beyond!

Tuesday, March 14: Check Your Holds

— make sure you are able to register

To see your holds, log in to CUNYfirst and look at your Student Center. In the upper right-hand corner, you will see the holds area.

  • If it says “No Holds,” you’re ready to go.
  • If there is a message there, you can click to look at the full holds list, and then click the specific hold to see a brief description of what the it means and which office to speak to for resolution.

Pay special attention to these areas:

Wednesday, March 15: Find Your Registration Appointment and Set Reminders

— make sure you know when to register to get the schedule and classes you want

Today is the day the registrar’s office releases registration appointment times for summer and fall 2023. Your appointment represents the first moment you will be able to register for summer and fall classes.

While you will continue to have access to register for new classes and change your selections until the end of add/drop each semester, it’s best to register right away to make sure that you get the best class sections, days, and times for you before they fill up.

Log into CUNYfirst and look at your Student Center. Choose the “Course Planning and Enrollment Dates” tile, and then select “Enrollment Dates” to view your appointment.

Set up calendar reminders for yourself for:

  • March 23, which is the first day Schedule Builder carts will be open so you can pre-select and save your preferred schedule.
  • Your personal registration appointment, so you can log in and register for all of the courses in your cart as soon as possible.


Get with the PLAN, 10/31-11/4

That means that PLAN Week starts today, Monday, October 31, 2022, and runs through Friday, November 4, 2022.

This week is devoted to making sure you will be ready when registration begins, so next semester you can have the schedule you want and courses you need to graduate.

Learn more about the PLAN Week opportunities in person in the Atrium Learning Center and the Voorhees Computer Lab, as well as other Academic Advisement resources.

And these Academic Advisement videos will help you learn more about how academic advising works at City Tech–plus there’s info about how to enter to win prizes for participating in PLAN Week!