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Online Scheduling Software for Colleges and Universities: The Best Way to Book Study Rooms, Schedule Academic Advising this Fall Semester

Online Scheduling Software for Colleges and Universities: The Best Way to Book Study Rooms, Schedule Academic Advising this Fall Semester

Faculty and departments at universities, colleges, law schools, community colleges, technical schools and other institutes of higher learning throughout the nation rely on Appointment-Plus for booking rooms and scheduling student advising and testing sessions. It offers such features as online student self-scheduling, automated e-mail and text message reminders, and robust record-keeping and reporting capabilities.

Scottsdale, AZ (Vocus) August 4, 2010

Students returning for the fall semester at universities, colleges, law schools, community colleges, technical schools and other institutions of higher learning throughout the nation are finding it easier to book study rooms and register for campus services such as academic advising and testing thanks to innovative, Web-based scheduling software from Appointment-Plus.

A leader in online appointment-scheduling systems, Appointment-Plus gives educational institutions the tools they need to automate and streamline their booking and scheduling procedures, such as: online student self-scheduling, which allows individuals to schedule and manage their own appointments from any Internet connection; automated e-mail and text message reminders, which registrants receive prior to their scheduled appointment or room time; robust record-keeping and report generating options; and e-marketing capabilities.

“Gone are the days of the paper appointment book and the receptionist taking appointments by phone,” says Bob La Loggia, president and founder of StormSource Software, the developer of Appointment-Plus. “Today’s students are always connected to the Web and expect to have the option of registering online for campus services.

“Appointment-Plus gives educational institutions the ability to offer this for many of their services.”

School faculty use Appointment-Plus for a variety of purposes, such as scheduling rooms for testing, lectures and student-study sessions, and scheduling academic advising sessions, student testing and tutoring.

Because it’s Web-based, it’s accessible from any Internet connection, making it an ideal scheduler for multiple faculty users at different campus locations.

Facilities that implement the online self-scheduling option will not only make the scheduling and booking processes easier and more convenient for students, they can also minimize the amount of staff time dedicated to answering phones and reading e-mail messages from individuals requesting appointments or looking to book study rooms. It also eliminates the need to manually enter appointment and booking information into a book, spreadsheet or electronic calendar. Once scheduled, the system can automatically send e-mail and text message reminders to the students. Appreciated by students, these automated reminders can help cut the “no-show” rate in half.

Over 500 colleges, universities, technical schools and other educational institutions nationwide rely on Appointment-Plus for their scheduling and appointment-management needs. Newly-added clients of the online scheduling service include:
 American University  Marist College  Montana State University  Purdue University-Calumet  Seattle University School of Law  The University of Cincinnati  The University of Maryland  The University of North Carolina-Charlotte

As a Web-based application, Appointment-Plus doesn’t require costly hardware or program installations. Additionally, the department or faculty does not need to own or operate a Web site to use Appointment-Plus. Pricing starts at $39 per month with no long-term contracts, along with free set-up assistance with a dedicated coach.

“Booking study rooms and scheduling academic advising sessions are standard tasks at most, if not all, universities, colleges, community colleges and technical schools throughout the country,” La Loggia continues. “Let Appointment-Plus online scheduling software be your trusted partner in managing these important tasks.”

To learn more about Appointment-Plus and how it can improve your scheduling procedures, click here.  

About Appointment-Plus: Appointment-Plus supplies almost 4,000 clients throughout the United States, Canada and 10 other countries the tools they need to efficiently and accurately schedule appointments and sessions, book rooms, accept registrations, send reminders and many other services. The flagship product of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based StormSource Software, the online application has scheduled over 48 million appointments since its launch in 2001. Users of the service include colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare agencies and facilities, federal and local governments, freight and delivery services, and small businesses such as such as tutors, instructors, medical offices, spas, health clubs and massage therapists.

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