Opus College of Business gets smarter about scheduling

Thursday, September 1, 2011

As John McCall, associate sean and CFO, Opus College of Business, explains, “We strive to provide our students with an outstanding education. Our AACSB accreditation is testimony to the quality of the educational experience at the College, and we strictly adhere to those standards. One particular requirement concerns the number of academically-qualified professors who teach here, a standard that adds complexity to our scheduling process.”

In the past, this process would typically take as long as two months: the scheduling team needed to decide which courses to run at which campus, what days and times of the week they should be scheduled, and which professors would be necessary to teach them.

“With over 700 different course sections, it was a very complicated and difficult procedure to coordinate the schedules across both our St Paul and downtown Minneapolis campuses,” states McCall.

Searching for a solution that could bring effective, efficient scheduling, Opus College of Business turned to eCapital Advisors, an IBM Business Partner and a long-time collaborator with the school.

Jim O’Connor, Business Intelligence Architect, remembers, “We imagined that an application might exist out there somewhere that could help us eliminate some of the manual processes involved in scheduling – but we found that what we were trying to achieve would actually be quite ground-breaking. By working with eCapital and leveraging IBM Cognos TM1 software, we were able to develop an innovative solution.”

Read more: http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/ytc03341usen/YTC03341USEN.PDF

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 09/01/2011