New software to help with advising
Program helps students build schedules before registration
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:10
The Registrar’s Office Tuesday made software available that lets students choose classes that work best for their schedules before advising and registration dates begin.
Registrar Services Specialist Debra Blair said the ASU Scheduler Planner software program gives students the opportunity to build multiple schedules around specific class times and compare them before registering for the next semester. The program is located under the registration tab in RamPort.
“It will come in handy because a lot of transfer students like me have a hard time [getting] around to see what classes we have to take,” sophomore Maureen Sulema said.
Students can lock their desired class times as they make other changes and save the schedules to a Schedule Planner Registration Cart before they are advised, Blair said, but will not be able to officially register because of an advisement hold on their accounts.
“I think that this is a great idea,” sophomore Jonathan Anderson said. “It lets you look at the schedule and see how you want everything to work out. You can also get with some of your friends to see if you have the same schedule and have study breaks between classes and wait for them. I would definitely use this.”
Sulema said she found the idea of having the power to select classes before she talked to her advisor appealing. Students can compare four schedules at one time, but Blair said she has generated 40 schedules because the program can lock desire times and allow for changes.
“Not many people can just sit down and come up with 15 or 16 schedules,” Blair said. “Normally you get one or two, and that’s all you come up with because you’re doing it on an Excel sheet or in your notebook. It can give you a lot of different options.”
If class details change, or if the classes are canceled, changes are shown on the saved schedule and students can make adjustments, Blair said. However, one thing it does not do is alert students about prerequisite classes they may need.
“It’s just a tool to help you build a schedule, basically,” Blair said. “It’s best to do it after you’re advised.