Goodbye to managing multiple tabs, scribbling down course times and keeping a list of ID numbers all in order to craft the perfect schedule. UNC Charlotte has a new web-based registration tool for students: Schedule Wizard. Now undergraduate and graduate students can block off time for breaks and other commitments, generate possible schedules and register for classes all from one website.
According to Beth Dawson from the Office of Registrar, who helped with the development of Schedule Wizard, UNC Charlotte switched to the new tool in order to promote graduation by maximizing the number of credit hours students can take. Over 200 other universities already use the service, including ECU, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill.
For those skeptics out there, this website is actually easy to use. As soon as the course listings are available, Schedule Wizard can be accessed from the My UNCC Portal under “Quick Links” or under the registration menu in Banner Self Service. Before searching for classes, students can apply filters like open or waitlisted classes, uptown or main campus locations and face-to-face, hybrid or online type courses. They can also choose to search by instructor. Students can then add their desired courses, add breaks for the gym, meetings, personal time or anything else, and then generate schedules. Students will receive different combinations of schedules. In order to reduce the number of possible schedules they can “lock in” certain courses or delete specific schedules. They can also “favorite” their top schedule or label them to distinguish which ones they prefer. Once students choose their schedule, they can send it straight to their shopping cart and register from there when registration opens.
Dawson said the ability to add breaks is the tool’s best feature.
“Students are able to better plan around those times they are not available to attend classes and still have the ability to maximize the credit hours for the term.”
Schedule Wizard was chosen as the new registration tool for UNC Charlotte because it streamlines the registration process by automating schedule planning, enables students to maximize their credit hours while balancing personal priorities, allows students to easily identify their breaks and time conflicts and creates optimized schedules that increase credit hours, term over term persistence and graduation rates.
Students are already loving the new registration process.
“Schedule Wizard is actually a lifesaver,” said Chiamaka Okonkwo, who used to write down all her of class sections and times and generate a schedule herself. If students encounter difficulties with the new registration service, Niner Central and the ITS help desk are trained and available to assist students with trouble shooting.