Massey scopes timetabling systems

Massey University is looking to install timetabling software to update the multi-campus institute's present 'relatively manual' system.

Massey University is looking to install timetabling software to update the multi-campus institute’s present “relatively manual” system.

As part of a review of its timetabling system the university will look at those of other New Zealand tertiary institutes, says infrastructure director Gerrit Bahlman.

Once the university has done some preliminary product research it will call first for proposals and then tenders. That is still some time off, Bahlman says, but provision has already been made in the university’s budget for the project. He wouldn’t reveal the expected amount.

Massey uses another in-house developed product, SMS, for student management and “continues to scan the market” for next-generation student management systems that could cope with online requirements, he says. “We have a strong commitment to web service delivery,” he says.

Waikato University, meanwhile, is due in September to install Jasper, a student management system developed by Jade and Christchurch Polytechnic.

Waikato University IT services director Derek Postlewaight says the university uses Syllabus Plus software for timetabling and opted for Jasper because the university’s 12-year-old internally developed student management programme, Sears, had reached the point where keeping it functional “would have required a large investment”.

Jasper lets students know if their chosen courses clash, academic requirements for each course and enrolment and fee details.

Waikato’s decision came after a three-year search for a replacement for Sears.

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