For next year’s registration the only class schedule pages
students will be reading will be on the Internet.
Beginning with the fall registration, an interactive Web site
will replace the printed booklets previously issued each
“What’s different for this coming fall is that we’ve
discontinued the hard copy,” said Associate Registrar Nolan
Oltjenbruns. “It’s out of date basically the day after it’s
Oltjenbruns said the schedules have been available online for
about six years and that the university has decided to switch
completely to this system because it will provide students with the
most up-to-date information.
Gaye Digregorio, assistant director for the Center of Academic
Advising and Student Achievement, said the schedules available
online will be different from their previous versions.
“It’s a greatly improved online model,” Digregorio said.
Digregorio said the online schedule guide was previously a PDF
file, but now the site will be interactive. It will allow students
to search for classes based on criteria like the All University
Core Curriculum or seating availability.
However, this calls for more Internet reliance for students.
“Because all registration is done on the Web every student
really has to have some sort of Internet access,” Oltjenbruns
Some students expressed concerns over this new development.
“It’d be OK if you have Internet access,” said Soleil Lean, a
freshman open option major. “At my house we don’t.”
Lean said she had not heard that the hard copy would no longer
David Page, a sophomore speech communications major, had also
not heard about the plan.
However, Oltjenbruns said the Registrar’s Office is planning to
advertise the change in formatting, including sending an e-mail by
Page was also worried about the problems with dealing with his
“It might be harder because our Internet sucks,” he said.
Page also said he would miss the convenience of having a booklet
at his fingertips. The online format would no longer allow him to
flip through the guide and simply skim over available classes.
“I think it might be harder in general to find classes,” Page
However, Kevin Donahoe, sophomore construction management major,
was already aware that the course schedules had been online, and he
thought the change could be convenient. He also pointed out an
ecological motivation for the paperless format.
“We’re saving trees,” Donahoe said.
There will be a hard copy supplement, but it will only be
available for students who are unfamiliar with the registration
system, such as incoming freshman and transfer students.
Registration will begin on April 5 and the class schedules will be
accessible through RAMweb.