UCF implements faster registration process
Published: Friday, August 10, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012 17:08
UCF unveiled a new process today that will allow students to secure their spots in class faster and more efficiently. This news comes weeks after Tim Arnold, a UCF marketing student, was placed on academic probation for creating a website designed to notify students as soon as a spot in a class became available.
According to a press release, UCF has been developing this process as an enhancement to its current course registration process for some time but moved forward with the implementation of it in response to Arnold’s U Could Finish website. The enhanced process will be ready for student use in the spring 2013 through the myUCF registration system.
Arnold’s website functioned by accessing UCF servers up to 30,000 times a day which could have severely affected students’ use of the system, according to the press release.
“Innovations often come from disruptive technologies, and this outside website certainly disrupted our computer systems and conflicted with university policy,” said university spokesperson Grant J. Heston in a press release. “The student website developer displayed an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that is commendable. However, inadequate coordination with the university caused system issues.”
The new registration system is compatible with the current UCF systems and will not place excessive demands on the university’s resources and the developers of the system have welcomed students, including Arnold, to assist in the further development of the program.
Arnold says that he has not been contacted to assist but would love to collaborate with the developers to work on the system.
“I’m excited that they’ve implemented this feature and that I’ve helped inspire them. It’s important for students,” Arnold said.
Unlike the U Could Finish website, UCF’s new system will allow students who are waiting for an opening in a class to be automatically registered for the class as soon as a seat becomes available. UCF will also be able to use this system to track the number of students waiting for a given class. They plan to use this information to assist in the planning of future semesters.
“My goal was to fix this problem for students, and since the school thinks they found a solution I’m happy,” Arnold said. “I have no intentions in continuing [the website] now that they have this new system. Most of all I’m happy they realized there was a student need.”