Banner has recently been updated to the newest Banner 9 interface, and many students are not happy with it.
On May 31, 2019, GGC announced they would be shutting down Banner 8 and implementing Banner 9.
“The lifespan of this application was near the end, and we were having conflicts with Banner 8 and Banner 9 registrations,” said Laura Ledford, Executive Director of Registration Services, in an email interview.
Ms. Ledford informed The Globe that the Banner 9 interface went live in October 2018, but still allowed students to utilize the Banner 8 system.
“We’ve been getting a lot of complaints from students and other student assistance saying that it’s too confusing to navigate,” said Marcus Banks, a student assistant with the Office of Student Involvement.
Marium Zafar, senior and Staff Writer for The Globe, said, “Banner 9 is okay, but the college planner is a menu listing all 209,754 schedule options for the four classes you want.”
Some students are complaining that there was never an email sent on how to use Banner 9 and wish there was some sort of help guide.
“A lot of students were caught off guard by the new version,” Banks said. “They need to make a simpler format [and] add more instructions on how to navigate it.”
However, The Registrar’s Office said resources were offered.
“Each school has an advising email address that students can contact if they are having issues with registration. In addition, the schools have staff who support registration and advising and can assist with the “how-to” information for Banner 9 and College Planner,” Mrs. Ledford said in an email.
Student’s are not required to use the system, but many said it was helpful.
“College Planner is an overlay (complementary system) on Banner 9 and is supposed to assist students who have time blocks to assist them with planning their schedules around other areas of their lives,” Mrs. Ledford said.
No worries though, for those who may not be able to reach out to their advisor or the videos are not enough, here is a breakdown of the features both Banner 9 and the college planner offer.
How do I sign up for a class
There are two ways to create a class with the new banner 9 system. The first way is to create your classes using the college schedule planner, putting it in your shopping cart, and importing it into banner 9 self-service system. The other way is to do it all through banner 9.
College Schedule Planner
For the college planner, after you login using MFA and selecting your term you can either start by choosing to add your courses first or choose what times you don’t want to take classes, so adding your breaks.
If you are working, in a club that has mandatory meetings some days, or just need a “me day” adding the breaks first maybe the best way for you.
If you chose to add courses first, it’ll take to a page where you can choose by subject, course attribution (so by area, if it’s word-based, research-based, ect.), section attribution, or by degree works.
Many will choose to do by subject, once you select the subject and course number needed it will provide information such as prerequisites and what the course is about. Once that is completed for each class, select
done and then click “generate schedules”.
Once selected, a list of available schedules will appear, the magnifying glass will give you a look at what that schedule will look like with a calendar layout.
Select as many schedules that you want and compare!
Once you select that it’ll show potential schedules available and from there, students can send to the shopping cart, print, or even email it if they want mentors advice.
After the selection is sent to the shopping cart, students are redirected to the banner 9 self-service portal. Choose the appropriate term, select plans (located in the top ribbon next to “Enter CRNs”) and you can either select each specific class and add it or select “Add All”.
Once they are added it’ll show in the summary and select “submit” and Voila! You are registered for classes.
For those who do not want to go through the college planner, the majority of the features are available in banner 9, students just can’t compare classes. There are other features available through banner 9 (check them out here). To register for classes as normal the process is similar to the old way.
Select the term, type in the subject and course number, and add the class to your schedule. The classes will then appear on the bottom half of the screen with what your week will look like, at the end select submit and students can register that way as well.
For those who created schedules in their advisor meetings and already know the CRNs’ student can select the Enter CRN option and register for their classes based off of that as well.
The new system offers many different ways to register for classes, some are more visually appealing than others but the system is here to stay.
The registrar’s office has supplied videos on my.ggc.edu on how to navigate the new system and has also stated that they are open to any suggestions for other video aids to be made.