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What's New and Improved in the Scheduling World!!!


After many months of preparation, the Ad Astra Implementation Team (Courtney Belluccio (Events), Deb Benjamin (Academics) , Marisa Laspina (Academics), Anne Kirkpatrick (DCC Academics), Nelson Cupello(Athletics), Toni Custodio (Co-Project Leader), Christine Accorso(Co-Project Leader) and Oleg Vyshnyvetskyi(Computing)  are excited  about the implementation of the new and improved version of Ad Astra.  The Ad Astra Implementation Team has completed the first phase of the implementation process. 

Ad Astra is a scheduling tool used by the college that enhances capacity, efficiency, and student success!  The effective scheduler places all activities on a central campus calendar, efficiently allocates academic resources and has the potential to contribute to critical initiatives such as capacity for enrollment growth.   The faculty procedure for requesting academic classrooms will not be changed. 

The new application is a web based system that provides a user friendly interface as well as many new features!  There are many new resources that allow multiple campuses to centralize their processes.  A particular feature that we would like to highlight is the custom interface that we use for event room requests for each campus.  An email confirming your request will now be sent with any other updates to your event. 

Our tentative go-live date is scheduled for June 7th.  The Ad Astra system will be down for a few days in order to prepare for the transition.  We will keep the college community informed of system down time as we get closer to the go-live date.  Training for event requests for the end user will be available at Brighton and Damon during the summer months as well as an informational workshop at DCC Tech Day on June 12th.  Stay tuned for updates!!

Christine Accorso and Antonia Custodio, Co-Chairs
Ad Astra Implementation Team
05/07/2012