Mission Impossible: Building a Statewide Student Advising System


The public community colleges and state universities in Florida have joined forces to deliver a distributed, platform-independent, Web-based delivery system for educational information. The Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) system is an infrastructure for a statewide network that allows real-time communication between institutions while maintaining the integrity of each institution's host applications. Students at participating institutions are able to retrieve transcripts, receive academic advising, see what is needed to complete a degree at any other institution in the system, construct "what if" scenarios, and make coursework assumptions for educational planning. The system design and FACTS pilot were presented at CAUSE97. Since then, the system has been delivered and is now in the process of being implemented at all Florida public institutions.

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