New College Scheduler web application makes planning your semester easier


On November 1, JSU began offering students the option to use the new College Scheduler section of MyJSU.

College Scheduler is a website that helps students plan out their semester before the registration period begins. Instead of browsing the Class Schedules hyperlink on the MyJSU homepage, students can click the Schedule Planner hyperlink to plan and save their classes to the Schedule Planner Registration Cart.

Students add courses and desired breaks for a weekly schedule. After that, the planner will generate a number of schedules based on the student’s given specifications. There is a comparison tool where students can compare up to four schedules at once.

Users can also “lock” classes that they know they want to take and dismiss those they do not want to take. The View/Edit option under each selected course will allow the user to view all of the classes available for scheduling.

There is also a place to schedule breaks, which eliminates all schedules which conflict with the given break times.

Once the desired schedule is selected, students should be sure to save it to their Registration Cart. It will stay there until and throughout the student’s registration.

When the user’s registration opens, they can click on their registration cart and the planner can register the student for all open classes.

Having a cart with the desired courses does not guarantee the user’s admittance in every class. If the class is closed or if additional requirements are not met, the student will not be able to register even though it is in their cart.

College Scheduler is a company that services many universities including University of Alabama, Ohio State University and University of Arkansas. Jacksonville State University will now implement this software for all registration times.

“This may boost enrollment,” says Emily White, Registrar. “People will be more likely to attend a school if things like this are easier.” White also said that the planner is undergoing a soft roll-out. When the outcome of the soft roll-out is apparent, the new tool will be more publicized.

To get College Scheduler at JSU, representatives from each college deliberated before taking the proposal to Dr. Timothy King, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. The proposal then went to Dr. Rebecca Turner, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and eventually was finalized and accepted by Dr. William Meehan, President of JSU.

The Schedule Planner is available for all semesters as long as the semester’s schedule is made out and posted on the JSU website.
There are help videos available on the Schedule Planner homepage that teach users how to get the most out of the tool. The ACE computer lab in room 305 of the Theron Montgomery Building will be open to students on Friday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for anyone who needs help with using the Schedule Planner.

The Registrar’s office will answer any further questions about the software as well.

11/07/2013


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