The Shippensburg University registrar’s office recently unveiled a new scheduling system intended to improve students’ experiences while adding or dropping classes, as well as tracking their course progress.
During a preview session of the new platform, assistant registrar Morgan Neuburger described the new system as “a much cleaner and modern interface that is much more intuitive.”
The platform is more mobile-friendly than the previous version and has improved search functionality. According to Neuburger, the platform has received good reviews from other schools where it has already been implemented, and the pilot testing at SU has gone well.
While the scheduling process for fall and spring semesters will remain mostly the same, a new feature of the platform is that students will now be able to drop their last summer or winter term classes without having to fill out and submit paperwork to the academic dean’s office.
Another new feature will give students the option to conditionally add wait-listed classes without having to drop classes in which they are currently placed.
The advanced search option will now allow students to search by keywords and class times without selecting specific subjects, as did the previous system.
Neuburger cautioned students to be mindful of clearing advanced search filters, because they are no longer automatically cleared when students begin new searches.
A new change students will notice during the scheduling process will be the ability to filter out classes that are at capacity. Additionally, students will be informed of time conflicts while they are scheduling classes. Students will be able to customize the size of windows by simply dragging borders to create optimal viewing for various steps of the enrollment process.
Another improvement of the scheduling platform will be the ease of sharing student schedules. The new platform gives the ability to email or print schedules with the click of a single button.
A popular feature of the previous platform, searching by course reference numbers (CRNs) will still be available on the new platform.
If students experience difficulties while scheduling, Neuburger said they can reference the PDF included in an email sent to students on March 5 regarding the new platform.
Technical issues should be directed to the Shippensburg University Technology Help Desk at (717) 477-HELP or firstname.lastname@example.org.