AST Students to Benefit from New Online Registration System

Atlantic School of Theology (AST) and Saint Mary’s University (SMU) are partnering on admissions and registration systems that will directly benefit students who register for courses and programs at AST.

Using digital technology to streamline processes for students, the project team will access SMU’s well-established digital admissions and registration system to create a tailored solution for AST and its students.

The project is an aspect of the Shared Vision initiative of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP).  The mission of the Shared Vision initiative is to make the university sector in Nova Scotia better for students, more competitive, and more efficient through collaborative action on solutions.

“The project will benefit our students, faculty and administration by replacing the current outmoded information process with a system that is agile, digital and connected,” says Dr. Tim O’Neill, Interim President of Atlantic School of Theology. “Students who wish to register at AST will be able to choose their courses and program of studies from any location through internet access.”

In the first year, the project will build a new online admission and registration portal for AST. In the second year, the project will expand so that AST students can more easily access financial services.

Saint Mary’s University President, Robert Summerby-Murray says, “This project has received support from CONSUP, the organization that represents the presidents of the 10 degree-granting institutions in the province, because it aligns with our express desire to encourage the collaboration on service delivery, where it makes sense, among the province’s universities. For our part, Saint Mary’s University is pleased to find another significant project where we can partner with AST.”

The two-year project is anticipated to cost $250,000.  Funding is being provided by the Government of Nova Scotia’s Department of Advanced Education.

Since March 2002 Atlantic School of Theology has been affiliated with Saint Mary’s University. Both institutions are committed to achieving the operational efficiencies that will strengthen each institution.

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