"Mile marker" is the terminology for each line or entry within a sample plan. In many cases each mile marker will show one course or requirement area.
Mile Marker Timing
Mile markers are always associated with a certain timing so that they are placed appropriately within the sample plan. Mile markers are usually associated with a certain term (e.g. first year spring) but alternately they may be attached to a certain year or listed as Academic Career (meaning anytime during the program). Only mile markers that are associated with a certain term will then pull into a student's MyPlan in that term. Items listed as year specific or Academic Career will pull into MyPlan's work area.
Mile Marker Types
Mile markers are always assigned one of the following types. In the future the mile marker types will be used for projecting the number of students who may enroll in a course and other types of reporting.
- Validated by MAUI Course Library – the Sample Plan team cannot enter a course number that does not exist in Course Library
- Lists s.h. for that course. If there are multiple s.h. options available, the department may choose what s.h. to display. Courses with "arranged" s.h. may have a blank s.h. field in Sample Plans.
- Allows for newly created courses beginning in the next session
- Can list up to three course numbers within one mile marker, e.g. "PORT:3850 or PORT:4100 or PORT:4700"
- Sample Plans and MyPlan do not use any section level information
- CLAS plans only: Per CLAS, RHET:1030 – Rhetoric and ENGL:1200 – The Interpretation of Literature should always be entered as "RHET:1030 or ENGL:1200" in one mile marker and "ENGL:1200 or RHET:1030" in another mile marker.
The following Mile Markers are automatically pulled into the work area in MyPlan where students can place them in their individualized plans. To allow students to see the range of General Education requirements, these should be listed as "GE: Historical Perspectives" instead of "GE: General Education course."
- Used for CLAS majors
- Automatic prefix: CLAS Core
- Used for Non-CLAS majors
- Automatic prefix: GE
RHET:1030 and ENGL:1200 are entered as course mile markers, not General Education. These courses will not be pulled into the work area and thus will remain in the same session as originally listed.
- Used for electives or requirement areas within a certain major
- Automatic prefix: Major
- Example: "Major: lower level statistics course"
Elective Focus Area
- Used for Engineering courses
- General Electives
- Can be used for another major, minor, or certificate
These mile markers should not include specific deadline dates or specific application material instructions (e.g. prompts or length limits for application essays). If these details change then the sample plan will no longer be correct. We suggest using footnotes to point students back to the department website where they can find the most current and accurate information.
- Example: Apply to switch from the B.A. to the B.S. program
- Used primarily for the Division of Performing Arts
- Example: Apply to Medical Schools
- Used in the last semester of plans to remind students to apply for their degree
- These mile markers can be presentations, conferences, student organizations, etc.
- Used primarily for exams necessary for further study or certification purposes
- Example: MCAT or PRAXIS
- Used to show optional honors coursework in a given major
- Automatic prefix: Honors
- Used when an internship is not a particular course but instead more of a general suggestion to complete an internship
- Used to include additional notes
- Example: "Students in this program must maintain a 3.0 g.p.a. in all major courses"
- Used when research is not a particular course but instead more of a general suggestion to complete research
- Used when a seminar is not a particular course but instead more of a general suggestion to complete a seminar
Degree Audit Requirement
- This mile marker type is reserved for future developments and is currently not in use.
Mile Marker Best Practices
In cases where students may choose from multiple course options to fulfill a requirement, here are some suggestions:
- Course type mile markers may include up to three course numbers, e.g. “MATH:1460 or MATH:1550 or MATH:1850.”
- Major elective type mile markers may use a description, e.g. “Major: introductory calculus/statistics course,” "Major: additional B.S. requirement," or "Major: biology elective III."
- Footnotes can provide longer text descriptions including lists of course numbers, e.g. "Select art history survey course from ARTH:1040, ARTH:1050, ARTH:1060, ARTH:1070, and ARTH:1095."
- In MyPlan students will be able to edit mile markers so that their individualized plans show the one course they plan to take.
- It could be problematic to list only one course in the mile marker when there are actually multiple options. Without including all options in the plan students may not realize that they can also choose from the other course options. If all students are choosing one course it could lead to issues with over enrollment or under enrollment.
Mile markers may include one number or a range for s.h. (e.g. 3 s.h., 3-4 s.h.). A large range cannot be listed in one mile marker (e.g. 1-11 s.h.). This needs to be split between multiple mile markers.
Mile markers have a 250 characters (including spaces) length limit. In practice, shorter text descriptions are encouraged.