A new student portal, MyPierce, was launched last month. The changes occurred during advising week, and the new portal’s biggest addition was to improve communication between advisors and students without an appointment.
The bulk of the online services are the same, just formatted differently. The inconvenience of repeatedly signing in using student IDs is eliminated, and the new portal is tailored to individual students.
Students can login using either their student emails or their ID numbers, which allows them quick access to items such as registration information, student email, printable forms and the education planner, the newest addition to the online services.
“The addition of the education planner is the biggest feature,” said Andrew Glass, web applications and development manager. “Other than that, MyPierce contains everything the student online services page did but with easier access.”
The educational planner allows students to map out their academic career at Pierce. Students can select specific courses, including information such as course title, credit amount, discipline and the intended quarter to take the class.
Advisors are able to access the planners and stay up-to-date with students’ schedules. Students also can leave comments below their educational planner. This is designed to remove excessive appointments between students and advisors.
With the changes occurring in the midst of advising, navigating through a new portal may be challenging. Homepage notifications and emails to students were sent prior to the introduction of the portal, which allowed students to preview the portal and provide feedback. The staff members are trying to make the shift as easy as possible for the students.
“Honestly, there is never a good time to launch a system-wide change,” Glass said. “I think it’s important to know that all new systems can be a challenge to navigate, but we believe (students) will quickly adapt to the new system and begin to reap the benefits it has to offer.”
Students are encouraged to voice any concerns or suggestions.
A feedback link is on the left hand side of MyPierce by a list of other sections, including printable forms, change inquiry PIN, emergency notifications, student email, advising, scheduling, registration and records, affordability and help. Access to frequently used resources, such as the eSchedule, is available under the above links.
“We have had good feedback about the portal and have already made changes based on that feedback,” Glass said. “We really value the feedback we receive from the students and they absolutely do have an opportunity to suggest changes that will improve the portal experience for all students.”
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