Penn students aren't the only ones who can't figure out when spots open up in the courses they want, according to an analysis by the New York Times. But student programmers are starting to do something about it.
Students at Rutgers and Stanford universities, among other schools, have created tools that streamline course selection for their peers. But some schools block access to data needed to make the new software successful. "Many campus developers say the next frontier is for more colleges to get comfortable releasing their information not case by case, but in uniform formats known as A.P.I.s," the NYT's Ariel Kaminer writes.
Penn hasn't announced any recent course software updates but homegrown Penn course hacks surface from time to time – and PennApps founder Alexey Komissarouk gets a shout-out in the NYT piece.