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Class Schedule Planning Software

The Office of the Registrar is pleased to announce that the university has acquired a new Class Schedule Planning Software called Coursedog. After much research ensuring the new software would have all the bells and whistles important to stakeholders, we are excited to begin implementation and want you to know how we intend to move forward with that process each step of the way.

Why did the university purchase a class schedule planning software?


  • Predictive Analytics: The university wants to help your department leverage data to plan the best class schedule for your students and faculty. Coursedog’s predictive analytics will allow your department to roll some or all of your schedule from like-term to like-term based on course demand projections. Departments will have access to utilize best fit time, room, and instructor recommendations.
  • Save Time: Did we mention you can choose to roll your department’s schedule forward? No more manual creation of classes you schedule every semester.
  • Space Optimization: Our campuses are growing! Coursedog gives us an algorithm to auto-assign courses to rooms based on maximum enrollment, equipment requirements, seating layout, and other preferences.
  • Centralize Workflows and Apply University Policies: Before the work completed in Coursedog syncs to Banner, the department chair, dean’s office, and/or any other entity can be part of a custom workflow to check the schedule. Any mistakes or missing information can be corrected early and prior to registration.
  • Facilitate Last-Minute Changes: Coursedog will help the university respond to unexpected challenges that require scheduling changes. Our purchase of this software is part of the institution’s COVID-19 response and Continuity of Operations planning. The software will also allow departments to easily add new sections and find rooms for them, even last minute, as waitlists fill.

When will the university transition to Coursedog for class schedule planning and creation?

The implementation committee will provide training and support to prepare campus stakeholders to plan and create the Spring 2022 class schedule in Coursedog.

What training opportunities will be available?

Training opportunities will be offered for department administrative specialists, department chairs, and deans’ offices. Live Zoom sessions will be offered in Fall 2021 along with online training materials to review.

Department administrative specialists with class scheduling responsibilities for their department should attend one of the following Zoom training sessions and/or complete the training course in Bridge

  • Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 9:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 10:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 9:00 a.m.

  • Thursday, September 9th, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Department chairs should attend one of the following Zoom training sessions and/or complete the training course for department chairs in Bridge

  • Monday, September 20th, 2021 2:30 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 9:00 a.m. 

  • Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 3:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 3:00 p.m. 

Centralized schedulers responsible for their college’s or campus's room assignments will receive a Zoom invite by email to walk through their specific training needs. Centralized schedulers may familiarize themselves with Coursedog through the Class Scheduling Bridge training and the Coursedog for Centralized Schedulers Bridge training.

Email for the Zoom link to any of the above trainings.


Is the university still using EMS?

The university will continue to use EMS for campus event requests and management. Any requests to use university space for events should still be made through EMS. More information about EMS is available here.

Will departments still have access to Banner?

The class schedule will now be created and finalized by departments in Coursedog, rather than Banner. Those with scheduling responsibilities will retain access to Banner through October 1 and then access to scheduling forms will switch to “view only”.