The university is piloting a new function in its custom-built student record system that will allow students to join wait lists for courses that are full and receive notifications as slots open up. The system also checks students’ eligibility to enroll in a course prior to adding them to the wait list.
The automated wait lists are being piloted with early registration for winter 2013 and spring 2014 courses. Starting in April, when summer/fall registration opens up, any department will be able to offer the wait list. Departments can use the student-record system, MAUI (Made at the University of Iowa), to opt into and manage the lists. Students will then see a wait list option on ISIS (the Iowa Student Information System, used for registration) when a course is full.
Software engineers in Information Technology Services built MAUI and have been implementing it and rolling out additional features over the past two years. In developing the wait-list function, ITS Administrative Information Systems worked closely with partners in the Registrar's Office, as well as an advisory group from Academic Advising, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tippie College of Business, the colleges of Engineering, Nursing, and Education, and the School of Management.
Additional details about the pilot are available in a recent article in The Gazette.