(April 16, 2010)--UTSA officials continue to work to pinpoint the cause of the problems that occurred with the ASAP information system during the current registration period. Seniors and juniors who logged on to register for summer or fall courses in the past week may have been denied access to the system during peak usage times.
"We upgraded to a new version of the system two months ago, and this was the first registration we've gone through with the new system," said Ken Pierce, UTSA vice provost for information technology and chief information officer. "It is evident from this registration cycle that there are some problems with the system, and we are working closely with the software vendor to find a long-term solution to those problems. It's very important to us that UTSA students have a good user experience."
IT staff members have determined that the problem lies within the ASAP software and is not an issue of server capacity or infrastructure. In order for the current registration to continue, the prerequisite checking feature had to be disabled and is being investigated as a possible source of the problem. This feature in ASAP helps automatically determine whether a student is eligible for certain classes.
"Because the system can't do that for them while they are registering, we are urging students to check their prerequisites themselves," said Barbara Smith, executive director of advising. "Students who register for classes without having the necessary prerequisites will receive an e-mail notifying them that they may be dropped from the course. I know a number of students have felt frustrated by being locked out of ASAP during registration, and we would hate for that frustration to be compounded by finding out later that they're not eligible for a class."
Students registering for summer classes can click the link in the ASAP schedule to see the prerequisites for each class. Many fall classes have different prerequisites, because these follow the new 2010-2012 academic catalog. Visit the UTSA Undergraduate Studies website for information about prerequisites for fall classes.
Joe DeCristoforo, UTSA registrar and assistant vice president for student affairs, asks UTSA students to try to be patient as the university works toward a long-term solution.
"I've talked with a number of students this week, and they've been understanding when they realize that we want them to have a better registration experience," said DeCristoforo. "Making sure our students can register for classes easily and efficiently is a priority for us, and that's what we're working toward."
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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