Students and advisors at the University of Washington (UW) have access to improved information and tools for academic planning as they kick-off the new school year. MyPlan, the UW's implementation of academic planning functions developed in Kuali Student and Kuali Rice, went live on September 12, 2012. This new tool offers an end-to-end process that supports students in finding courses of interest, developing a multi-quarter academic plan, assessing progress toward degree, and getting feedback from their academic advisors. It was developed at the UW with support from Kuali Student (KS) and Kuali Rice, leveraging released versions of both softwares, as well as features hot off the development branches of KS Enrollment and Rice 2.2. The KS Functional Council has completed a functional review of the UW MyPlan contribution with the intention of making it a part of the KS product offerings. Technical review by the KS development team will follow, with a potential public release by KS in early 2013.
Funded by Students
"MyPlan's inception was both opportunistic and strategic", said Darcy Van Patten, Director of Student Information Systems at the UW. "When we decided to propose an enterprise class software project to the UW's Student Technology Fee Committee (STFC), we needed to pitch something that students would be willing to fund. We also wanted to use the project to begin replacing our legacy technologies using the Kuali technology stack. With less than a year to complete the project, leveraging delivered software and well formed ideas was critical." Academic planning rose to the top.
Powered by Kuali
MyPlan's technical design leverages Kuali Student's Service Oriented Architecture and Kuali Rice 2.2, including the new Kuali Rapid Application Development (KRAD) user interface framework. "Building MyPlan with KRAD was risky, because the framework itself is still in development. But it was absolutely the right way to go", said Kamal Muthuswamy, UW Technology Manager and lead archtitect for the MyPlan project. "We had a great deal of support from the Rice team, the Application Roadmap Committee, and the whole community." As a student facing system, MyPlan's user experience had to be really good. By extending the KRAD framework, the UW was able to achieve its design goals, while also contributing to developing and proving out KRAD for the community. "We're excited to be the first application to go to production using KRAD, and are extremely thankful to Jerry, Jessica, and the whole Rice team for being great partners."
The UW became a founding partner in Kuali Student in 2008, after completing a comprehensive strategic planning process for replacing its aging legacy administrative systems. "Given the complexity of our student and academic administrative needs, we knew we needed a flexible system and wanted to adopt a next generation technology approach", noted Sara Gomez, Associate Vice President for Information Management. "We're really excited to get Kuali Student code in production and in the hands of our students and advisors. Being able to leverage KS' service oriented architecture even before KS is fully developed really validates our investment in KS as our replacement solution."
More to come
With a second year of Student Tech Fee funding, the UW's development of academic planning features continues. Major new feature areas include: pre-registration planning (course offering details), advisor created plans, audit academic plan, validation of rules, and a mobile offering. Additionally, the UW will be partnering with KS project leadership and the community to take MyPlan through the contribution process, so that it can be made available to other potential adopters.
To learn more
You can learn more by attending the MyPlan presentations at Kuali Days (listings under several tracks), visit the project website at: http://depts.washington.edu/myplan/, or contact Darcy Van Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org.