After years of lost students and confused professors, the early semester confusion over the Yale College course supplement may soon come to an end.
Deputy Registrar Diana Rodrigues said yesterday that beginning next year the printed version of the supplement would be cut significantly. While listings of new, cancelled and rescheduled courses will remain in the supplement, the portion listing classroom locations will vanish.
To find out where to go during shopping period, students must now look to the Online Course Information Web site, the same Web site where students prepare their course schedules.
“The impetus for this change really derives from the Online Course Selection,” Registrar Barry S. Kane said.
Rodrigues said the information in the printed supplement can become obsolete at a moment’s notice with the massive number of conflicting schedules to coordinate, including professor’s needs, room availability and time issues.
“Things can change dramatically in the blink of an eye,” Rodrigues said.
Kane said his office receives many inquiries during the beginning of the term from students perplexed as to whether the correct information was in the printed or online version of the supplement.
Kane added that students should not get the Online Course Information Web site confused with the online Blue Book, which does not change once it is posted — it is exactly the same as the paper version of the Blue Book. The course information site, on the other hand, is continuously updated.
“[The online Blue Book is] a static picture that stays constant throughout the year,” Kane said.
Kane said the changes are a step towards a centralization of all information online.
Natasha Keith ’04 said she was pleased with the conversion.
“I do everything online. I’m a [computing assistant]. The more things online, the less paperwork,” Keith said.
Athena Cheng ’05 said she was comfortable with the decision.
“Honestly, if it’s online, I don’t see that it’s a problem,” she said.
Kane said he expected students would approve of the change.
“If the spring online course information is any indication, it seems like the students are already doing that,” he said.