UW Today

February 21, 2013

MyPlan enhances student academic advising, planning

UW-IT

A powerful new online academic planning tool enhances the advising experience for both students and advisers.

MyPlan makes it easier for students to find courses, develop an academic plan, track progress, and receive adviser input. Advisers have the ability to review and comment on academic plans electronically and view easy-to-read (html-enhanced) degree audits.

Released this academic year, MyPlan was developed by UW-IT in partnership with students, advisers, and central partners in the Office of the Registrar, Graduate School, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. It is funded in part by the Student Technology Fee and is a project of Kuali Student, the next-generation student administrative system being developed and shared by a consortium of top-tier universities including the UW, a founding member.

Key features of MyPlan include:

  • Course search feature using the published Time Schedule information for current and upcoming academic quarters, and Course Catalog information for long-term academic planning
  • Easy-to-read, color-coded HTML Degree Audit to explore undergraduate programs and determine requirements met or needing completion
  • Ability to Bookmark courses of interest for future consideration
  • Plan sharing and commenting system for student and adviser conversations

Coming next, MyPlan will address high-priority needs identified by students, including adding course section details so students can better plan for time/date availability, instructor, and enrollment restrictions; adviser-created sample plans and suggested courses for departmental majors; and the ability to audit their plan.

MyPlan is the UW’s first Kuali Student product to be released at the university. It is being contributed back to Kuali and is now being adopted by Indiana University. A benefit of being part of the Kuali community is that the UW can then adopt enhancements made by other universities to shared products like MyPlan.

Watch a video overview of MyPlan to better understand how advisers and students can use this tool during the academic planning process.