Let’s face it, registrar-friends, we are highly trained to do something very specific for a very specific population and we, as individuals, often wonder what we could do for a living, if we could do anything else. This is not unique to our industry. What is also not unique is the “sticking to what you know” because it is comfortable.
I have spent well over a decade of my career working in Registrar’s offices, in particular, serving as primary Academic Scheduler/Academic Scheduling officer at two large, public universities. I like to believe that I am good at it, too. When you become an expert in something, it becomes part of your fiber. You gain intuition, often serving your community before the community realizes that it needs assistance.
Our community, the community of Registrars/Academic Schedulers (and university vice presidents, chairpersons, directors), needs help when it comes to academic course scheduling. Time doesn’t allow for us to wait for enrollment reports, to analyze last year’s course offerings, to guess how many of our students need to register for one particular class or, heaven forbid, to schedule by pen and paper. Very few of us has the technological skill set (or even the memory) to do all of these things, to do them well, to document them, to have the ability to explain our methodologies to others and to do all of these tasks simultaneously. Why should we have to build a class schedule like this in 2019?
Here is the question I asked myself when I decided to take the leap out of higher education:
"Why should I have to schedule like this in 2019?"
The intuition that I have gained during these years could have been shared with my current higher education institution until my retirement. Or, my expertise and intuition can be shared to help develop class scheduling software and to give insight to Registrar’s offices everywhere, allowing many institutions to reap the benefit, schedule faster and more efficiently, to make better decisions faster and to do so in the best interest of their students, administrators, facilities and faculty.
Taking a Leap
Coursedog is my new home away from home. This academic scheduling software platform is the most modern and user-friendly academic scheduling software that I have encountered. What I like best: the agility. The creators of Coursedog are still asking the questions: how can we make this software better? What other integrative software platforms are universities looking for? This speaks to me and to my intuition.
How many times have you called your SIS or room scheduling software company and asked for a new module or report (or even a new field for that matter)? How many times have you gotten this response: “Well, if enough people open a ticket and ask for it, then we will consider having our developers investigate adding it to our platform.” This answer no longer works for me.
So, if you find yourself asking the question, “what else could I do for a living, if I could do anything else?” I encourage you to use your intuition. Know what you know, know what you can learn and know what you can share to the benefit of others. That is what I have decided to do.
If you decide to stay where you are, the same rules apply. If your college or university can benefit from new software, like Coursedog, to positively impact your campus, use your expertise, schedule a demonstration, learn what you can about how the class scheduler software works and share your insights on its benefits with the community. Together, discuss your campus challenges and goals and let the community know how the new software could help you address both. When it comes to intuition, make sure that you trust in your own. Your campus community trusts yours.