26 Jul Even a Tornado Can’t Slow Down New Student Registration with College Scheduler!
“During our new student registration (NSR), we bring in approximately 110 students each day for 3 weeks. During the registration process, they all come to our Bear’s Den (computer lab) with advisors to register. During an orientation session, they are briefly told about the registration process and our schedule builder and are given handouts. We were pleasantly surprised to see that about half of the students were using this new functionality. In fact, we’ve had as many new users this month as we did in April during our advance registration cycle.
A tornado recently hit the UW-Platteville campus. Our campus was closed for 2 days which were two of our scheduled NSR dates. Instead of scheduling two more full days, we have rescheduled those students into already full registration days which then meant larger groups. We were anticipating, then, that registration would extend later into the day for those days; however, we have been getting things done in the same amount of time. We are attributing that, in part, to the use of the schedule builder 🙂
When we first implemented the schedule builder (which by the way was the smoothest implementation I’ve ever been a part of), our office went out to several departments on campus and demonstrated the functionality. We had a mix of staff that liked and didn’t like what it could do. Some of the same staff that were skeptical at first, are now advocates after seeing things first hand as students are using it at NSR 🙂 :)”
IS Business Automation Analyst