For the many EWU students who have used EagleNET for their quarterly registrations in the past, there will be a noticeable difference to the Web site when they register for spring quarter.
EagleNET’s hours of operation are from 1 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Priority registration for spring began Feb. 23.
Mike Schmitt, director of EWU SIS Technical Services is pleased to present a brand new layout for EagleNET, unveiled Jan. 19, after months of planning and development.
“EagleNET was upgraded to include a new user interface, which is much more ‘user friendly’ than before. We’re really excited about it,” he said. “And we look forward to students using it.”
Many students will see the changes made to EagleNET for the very first time during registration, since its January update.
“We’re trying to get the word out about the changes, but we think that people will be pleased with the service,” Schmitt said.
EagleNET, Eastern Washington University’s online headquarters for grades, registration and other academic tools, such as payment, transcripts and financial aid information, has been around since March 2001. Before this time, much of the registration was done in the traditional manner.
“When I was in college, registration could take days. Now it’s almost immediate,” Schmitt said. “Students today expect this kind of service.”
Since its launch four years ago, with the help of a staff dedicated to keeping it functional, EagleNET has taken steps to become a more user-friendly, reliable interface.
“Our job is to make things easier for the student,” said John Gasper, a member of Schmitt’s technical support staff, who has played an integral role in the improvements made to EagleNET.
To make the service run smoothly, maintenance is performed on EagleNET a few times per quarter. Generally, during the quarter, fewer students use EagleNET than during registration. The students who use EagleNET during the quarter generally do so for the other tools featured on the site.
The majority of students, however, primarily use EagleNET for registration prior to the quarter, as well as to drop or add classes during the first few weeks of the quarter.
It is during registration that the system is heavily used, and preparation during the quarter is essential.
“We work hard to make EagleNET as available as possible,” Schmitt said. “And we are optimistic about the upcoming spring term registration.”
For spring quarter’s registration, there are going to be a few changes to the normal schedule. Instead of starting at 8 a.m., which has been done in the past, registration will now begin at 4 a.m.
“We are expecting an influx of students. There is usually a huge load on the system during registration. A lot of students have classes in the morning, so this gives them a chance to get started earlier, and to figure out how the new system works,” Schmitt said.
“Also, by starting it earlier, it helps to ease the traffic a bit,” Schmitt said. “That’s why we wanted to get the word out to the students about the changes on the site, to aid in the process.”
One improvement on EagleNET is its new browser compatibility with browsers other than Microsoft Internet Explorer.
“Before January, we were running into some issues with Firefox and Netscape, but now EagleNET will work on those browsers,” John Gasper said.
Another change will be the layout of the Web site, which now features streamlined drop-down menus, which people will find easier to use than the old interface.
“We’ve tried to make the site intuitive,” Schmitt said.
The new EagleNET is also ADA accessible, which will benefit visually impaired students as they register for their classes online. Since the update, the EagleNET staff has received positive feedback.
“Students have already accessed EagleNET since the upgrade, and we have received many positive comments,” Schmitt said. “We read every single e-mail, and we encourage feedback.”