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Penn State Rolling Out New Course Bulletin Next Month

After months dormant, Penn State is finally rolling out a new version of the course bulletin.

The university bulletin outlines requirements for Penn State’s various programs, which most students see in their degree audits within LionPATH. It also houses descriptions of every course offered at Penn State across the Commonwealth and in every subject.

The “highlights” of the new platform include a new layout, improved search functions, a keystone symbol to indicate Gen Eds, and basic introductions about the various academic fields to help prospective students learn more about the various programs offered.

The new system will also include a “Changes” page to track updates in real-time, which will later be incorporated into the actual bulletin at the end of the semester. The whole thing will sync with LionPATH to make sure information is consistent across platforms.

“Updating the bulletins to a more intuitive and flexible system will contribute significantly to the ease with which students can explore and take an active role in their education to achieve their academic goals,” Rob Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education and executive co-sponsor of the Bulletin project, said in a press release. “For students, the system offers enhanced mobile features and filtering options through engaging design and a user-friendly interface. Faculty and staff will see increased precision, efficiency and sustainability in curriculum management processes.”

The Bulletins Steering Committee is co-chaired by Alan Rieck, assistant vice president and assistant dean for Undergraduate Education, and Robert Kubat, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Education and the University registrar. Those on the committee and the Bulletins Implementation Team include faculty and staff from across the university.

Notice something missing? Oh right, it’s students. Because this worked out so well with LionPATH.

Penn State plans to launch the new undergraduate bulletin in March and then will continue to work on the graduate, law, and medical program bulletins.

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