The days of waiting in line at Moby Arena to register for
classes have long since come and gone. But, some students still
struggle with the registration process.
Thanks to University Technology fees, RAMweb is making
registration easier for students.
“Our goal with RAMweb is to allow students to serve themselves
outside of business hours,” said Chris Seng, director of student
systems for Enrollment Services. “With RAMweb we’re now able to
serve more people.”
Some students are recognizing the self-service features of
“It’s pretty accessible and convenient, but the process really
isn’t very personable,” said Matt Houck, a sophomore speech
communications major. “I just wish that survey stuff at the
beginning was optional. Sometimes I just need to register and don’t
want to take a survey.”
Recent installations to RAMweb include the printable weekly
schedule, adviser information and a university class search engine
where students can search for classes by a variety of subject
Academic Computing and Networking Services sat down with the
Associated Students of CSU over the summer to propose new ideas for
“ACNS came to us this summer with the plan to make additions to
RAMweb,” said Jason Huitt, speaker pro tempore of the ASCSU Senate.
“We basically authorized them to do it through the Student
Technology Fee legislation.”
Seng said that ACNS had planned to make changes to RAMweb, but
it did not have the resources to do it. When ASCSU passed the
technology fee it was a push to provide more services.
After the technology fees were passed, ASCSU President Jesse
Lauchner said ASCSU wanted to implement something that students
could see their money going toward.
“We really wanted students to see an immediate input,” Lauchner
said. “We ran the new services on a test site for some students
this summer and they loved it, so we’re pretty excited about
Seng also said the feedback he has received has been
“Advisers are telling us that it’s enhanced the process
tremendously,” Seng said. “I’ve also heard that a lot of kids carry
their printable schedule with them all over campus, so it’s good to
see students using the services.”
Along with the RAMweb additions, Seng said ACNS is working on an
Internet portal, a service that will among other things allow a
student to sign onto RAMweb and WebCT at the same time and provide
students with a calendar.
RAMweb on average services 24,225 users a month and since
January has experienced more than 1.3 million log-ins.
“I used (RAMweb) this year to find classes that Professor
(Tracy) Brady (in the) history department teaches,” said Shannon
Palombi, a junior sociology major. “I don’t know how many people
know you can do that though, my roommates had no idea until I told