Office of the Registrar
Ladder is the degree audit tool at Drew University. It is referred to as TreeHouse Ladder, Ladder, or the degree audit. A degree audit is an advising tool that maps a student’s requirements toward degree. Students and advisors use this to review the requirements for a degree, plan schedules, and prepare for graduation.
Students follow the curriculum of the term they enter the university (admit term). The requirements listed in the academic catalog for a student’s admit term are what is reflected in Ladder. Even though requirements for the major/degree may change, Ladder will reflect the original requirements unless a change is requested.
The below sections explain how to access, read, and use Ladder.
Students and Advisors can access Ladder by going to Ladder.drew.edu on any browser, but it works best in Chrome.
Click the “TreeHouse Ladder” link from the “TreeHouse Ladder” box in the middle column under the “Student” tab in TreeHouse.
Click the “TreeHouse Ladder” link from the “Faculty Tools” box under the “Faculty” tab in TreeHouse.
The top of Ladder (the audit) displays information about the student. These fields are dynamic based on whether the student has information to autofill or not, so some students will show more and some will have less. Additionally, with the dynamic fields, information may display on different lines for different students.
Degree: displays the current degree of the student. If a student has multiple degrees (e.g. MAT & ENDR), there will be a V symbol in the box that you can click to change the degree.
Major, Minor, Program, Concentration: depending on the student they may have one, two, or all. Displays all existing curriculum information for a student (except for a second degree which shows on a different audit, see previous bullet).
Status: the current status of the student.
Academic Standing (CLA students): displays the most recent academic standing for the student (e.g. Good Standing, Warning, etc.).
Holds: active holds on the student’s account. For more detail, students can view their holds by logging into TreeHouse and clicking “View Holds” from the “Registration Tools” box under the “Student” tab.
Account Summary: if the student has a current balance with student accounts, they can see a quick view of what they owe.
FERPA Status/Proxies: if the student has granted access to their account to a third-party, it would be noted here. Students can update their FERPA at any time by clicking the “Parent/Guardian Proxy Access” link in the “Personal Information” box under the “Student” tab of TreeHouse. Advisors should not share ANY student information unless their proxy access has been verified.
The “What-If” functionality is located at the top left of the Degree progress box. Click the “What-If” link and run an audit with different majors or degrees to see how current coursework would apply.
The legend at the bottom of the audit displays what the different circles mean next to requirements.
The degree box is an overview of the subsequent boxes, giving the advisor and student a look at what still needs to be completed.
Transfer credit pulls into a requirement like any other course, the only difference is that the transfer details (course info, title, and school attended) are displayed underneath.
Applied petitions are noted underneath the requirement. It notes who entered the petition and a description of the exception.
Repeated coursework is clearly indicated on the far right side. If a student has repeated a course, you will see (R) next to the term.
The calculator functionality allows students to determine the number of courses and grades needed to improve their grade point average. There are three different types of GPA calculator functions:
To use the GPA Calculator functions, click the vertical three dots to the right and above the “Degree” box. Select “GPA Calculator” from the drop-down menu.
Ladder documentation for Faculty/Staff available by clicking here.
Access student related documents through Banner Document Management (BDM).