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Sloan's Class Priority System Set to Go

By Angela Liao
Advertising Manager

Students who plan to take classes at the Sloan School of Management this fall will be going through its mandatory online prioritization system over the next two weeks.

Subjects required by the Sloan Fellows and Management of Technology programs are not subject to the system and are selected independently.

Students get 1,000 points to bid on a spot in a class. Sloan School students have priority over non-Sloan students, and Sloan seniors have priority over juniors, who in turn have priority over sophomores, and so forth.

"The Sloan School bidding system is run by the Educational Services Office at the Sloan School as a form of lottery for all students who take Sloan subjects," said Jeffrey A. Meldman '65, senior director of undergraduate programs.

The bidding system was designed to better manage increasing enrollment and demand for Sloan School classes, said Lawrence S. Abeln, director of the master's program.

Interdepartmental students planning to take fall classes at Sloan will have priority if they pre-register for Sloan subjects by submitting their registration form to the MIT Registrar as well as filling out a Sloan Prioritization Form between Tuesday and May 20.

The form will be available online by accessing the Sloan course prioritization system home page on the World-Wide Web at http://sloanbid.mit.edu/es/. The form will also be available at the Sloan Educational Services Office in E52-101. Class enrollments will be posted on May 22 on the same web site.

"The Sloan School bidding system utilizes interactive Web-based technology and allows both remote and local bidding of courses by our student populations," Abeln said. "We believe it is one of the most advanced enrollment management systems in the nation."

First-round bidding started Tuesday at noon and ends Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Results will be available online Tuesday. Second-round bidding starts Tuesday and ends on May 20 at 5:00 p.m. Results for the second round will be available online May 22.

Students neutral on system

Students had mixed reviews of the bidding system, and are concerned with the fact that more people are trying to access the site than it can handle at one time.

"It's sometimes hard to log on when there are other users," said Monica A. Lee G. Some students encounter problems because the bidding system currently can only be accessed through Netscape's Navigator Web browser.

"I think the bidding system overall is beneficial to Sloan, but the prioritization system treats students differently," said Ming-Fawn Chow '97. "If an undergrad bids 1,000 points for a class that a graduate student bids 1 point for, the graduate still has priority. This is the weakness of the system," Chow said.