The team hard at work.
This is how we mapped out our ideas
Some basic designs implemented
More design guess and test
Sometimes finding the right person requires some advertising
Working the day away
We had more ideas
Intense strategy unfolding
Suggestions being made
We are proud of our progress
I'm proud of my team
See the PowerPoint Presentation
The Origin Story
As a student, my least favorite activity every semester is registering for classes. I am actively trying to achieve my baccalaureate degree but I keep finding myself trying to re-decipher the degree plan to make sure I graduate in a timely manner. Sure, I could go see an adviser who is potentially helpful--but I don't believe in waiting on line for several hours for potential.
What's worse is, once I finally have the classes I want, selecting times for each class becomes a new problem similar to playing Sudoku. If the puzzle pieces don't fit in any combination, then I go back to step one and select different classes from the degree plan.
This process can take a lengthy amount of time and it really doesn't need to if it was managed more clearly in favor of the student and staying on track to graduate.
I seek to shake up what students expect from registration with my team and our project CUNY CourseBuddy.
•Provide a clear easy to read degree plan that keeps students on track.
•Display an easy to read class schedule that makes students aware of time conflicts before attempting to register.
•The need for in-person advisement is reduced and potentially eliminated.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Everyone on our team showed up as solo competitors. We all come from different backgrounds and have not previously worked with or even met each other prior. In spite of that, our diverse team rose to the challenge together.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We came together as a group, shared a vision of improving the way registration is for students and were able to present a demo of our project, CUNY CourseBuddy.
What we learned
In order to build this to replace the existing infrastructure we would need absolute access to CUNY databases.
What's next for CUNY CourseBuddy
The next logical step is to replace CUNYfirst.
To do that, we need the following support:
•Full un-restricted access to CUNYfirst database.
•A full-time paid team to deliver within one year.
•Support from CUNY as a whole to make registration better for everyone.