Stony Brook Launches Student Schedule Builder

Stony Brook University launched its new Student Schedule Builder, a project initiated by the Registrar’s Office and Department of Undergraduate Education.

By: Michaela Christman
Last Updated: April 21, 2016

Stony Brook University launched its new Student Schedule Builder, a project initiated by the Registrar’s Office and Department of Undergraduate Education.

The Schedule Builder is a third-party software and web-based tool that allows students to find and choose their optimal class schedules based on the classes they need and the days and times that they are available to take them.

“The tool integrates with SOLAR so that students can register for classes as soon as they’ve chosen their preferred schedule,” said Andrew Kirsch, Director of Student Systems in Stony Brook’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT). During the project, Kirsch was involved in the evaluation of the software and discussions with the vendor and other schools using the service.

The Schedule Builder has helped save time for both students and administrators.

Chandan Chandra, assistant director for student records in DoIT, served as the technical lead on the project and said that the service is making everyone’s lives easier.

“Before Schedule Builder it took a lot of manual effort on a student's part to create their schedules which often involved using pen and paper," Chandra said. "They had to spend a lot of time figuring out class schedules that fit their need based on their other commitments, but with this solution all the manual effort is eliminated and the students get to choose the best schedule built for them based on their preferences."

Student response and feedback has been positive so far. The service was rolled out in March 2016 and as of April 15, a total of 3,867 students had already used it.

“The Schedule Builder tool has made enrollment much easier for me," said Saba Babar, a senior business management major and political science minor. "Until this semester, I typically ended up copying and pasting the classes in my shopping cart, which was time-consuming and inefficient when they would close out and I'd have to start the process all over again."

Richard Gatteau, Stony Brook's Associate Provost for Academic Success and Faculty Director of the Higher Education Administration Program said that students are taking a higher credit count with Schedule Builder than they would with paper and pencil scheduling.

The key departments involved in the project were Stony Brook University’s Registrar's Office, Department of Undergraduate Education, Project Management Office, and DoIT's University Information Systems, Systems Support, and Teaching, Learning & Technology departments.

Video tutorials and the Schedule Builder web page, both created by Joseph Lodato, a Media Communications Specialist in the Division of Undergraduate Education, can be found at www.stonybrook.edu/schedulebuilder.



 

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