Don’t work harder. Plan smarter!Smart Planner Features

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Where do I go for Help?

General Questions & Account Help
IRT Service Desk
Location: AIRC 2005
Phone 916.278.7337
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
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In-Person Training
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Online Resources
Training Materials


Why are we using Smart Planner?

Students need the ability to create a focused and efficient plan that will lead to graduation. Faculty Advisors need an effective toolbox to guide degree plan advising and provide proactive advising to help students. The new Smart Planner tool provides students with a roadmap and academic plan to help them to easily identify which courses they need to schedule each semester – ideally 30 credit hours each academic year – to remain on track for graduation.

Smart Planner also provides course demand data based on student plans, so departments and programs can offer the number of courses and sections students need, when they need them. Over time and student adoption, this data will allow the university to better plan and schedule courses. Now that’s smart!

What are the benefits to me and my department?

  • Provide proactive, effective, comprehensive advising.
  • Conduct real-time analysis of your students progress towards his/her degree.
  • Utilize the data to analyze student course demand.
  • Improve departmental graduation rates.

How do I talk about Smart Planner?

Find helpful talking points here.

Best Advising Practices and Reference Sheet

Do I have access to Smart Planner?

Full-time, tenure-track faculty have the CMS advisor role which also allows them to access Smart Planner. All other faculty (adjuncts, lecturers, etc.) who need the CMS advisor role should also already have it. Faculty who find they do not have access will need to ask their department representative who is a pre-approved CARS user to put in a Common Access Request System (CARS) request for them. 

How do I access and use Smart Planner?

If you are a Faculty Advisor, click on the Faculty Center link in My Sac State as you normally would to get to your list of advisees. In the Student Center, there will be a link to both the KEYS to Degree Toolbox and Smart Planner.

Visit our resources and online training material. Departments may also request group training for their advisors on accessing and using Smart Planner

Core Project Sponsors:

Office of the President

Lisa Cardoza, Chief of Staff
Sacramento Hall 206
(916) 278-7737

Academic Affairs

Chevelle Newsome, Dean of Graduate Studies and Acting Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Sacramento Hall 230
(916) 278-5344

Student Affairs

Don Hunt, AVP for Enrollment and Student Services
Lassen Hall 3008
(916) 278-6060

Information Resources and Technology 

Christine Miller, Vice President and Chief Information Officer (interim)
AIRC 3010
(916) 278-6862