August 6, 2020

UMW Introduces New Fully Searchable Course Catalog

The new University of Mary Washington course catalog is out.

The fully searchable, online publication, available at catalog.umw.edu, has been thoughtfully consolidated to avoid waste, and includes all the bells and whistles.

With a single URL for both graduate and undergraduate programs, the new catalog features “bubbles” that pop up with descriptions drawn directly from Banner when users hover over hyperlinked course numbers. A navigation bar includes sections containing general information about UMW, specifics about fees and financial aid, and other details that apply to both grads and undergrads.

The catalog also comes with a course search option, directory of programs and A-to-Z index of topics, and is available in a PDF format that can be printed or saved.

Software provider CourseLeaf designed the publication based on a UMW style guide, after the decision to stop printing was made early last year. Administrators also made the change in order to sync the catalog with course records in Banner, meet accessibility guidelines and accommodate multiple browsers.

Led by Associate Provost for Academic Affairs John Morello, the group behind the new catalog includes Kevin Caffrey, Rita Dunston, Angie Sawyer, Evie Sherlock and Brian Ogle from the Registrar’s Office; Ben Kjar from IT; Amy O’Reilly and Ginny Irvin from the Provost’s Office; Mike Breitenbach and AJ Newell from University Relations; Jen Cirbus from Academic Services; and Provost Nina Mikhalevsky and Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success Tim O’Donnell.

Full PDFs will be posted sometime this summer, Morello said, as academic program and calendar particulars are shored up. Meanwhile, course catalogs from previous years are available by visiting catalog.umw.edu and clicking the link listed under “Archived Catalogs,” and through UMW Libraries’ Special Collections.