As of July 31, Pipeline is being switched off, and will be replaced by Academica. Everything you used to use Pipeline for can be done through Academica, but faster (i.e. with fewer clicks). You can get to:
- time sheets
- pay stubs
- class schedules
- SET Scores
Academica learns your preferences. While the initial display is generic, after you have clicked on particular links a couple of times they will always appear on the ‘front page’. But if you don’t see something, you can always use the search box, a very powerful search engine that can find any link you might need (Search box is circled in red):
Academica also permits messaging within the Wayne State community. Like Twitter it permits #hashtags and @ mentions (ask someone younger than you if you don’t know what those are 🙂 ). Academica is also designed to work perfectly on mobile devices of any size screen.
The ‘stuff on the left’ is a series of threaded conversations, akin to comments on Facebook and similar social networking sites. If that kind of thing doesn’t appeal to you, you can ignore it, but it allows you to ‘converse’ with others in the groups to which you are automatically subscribed (such as one for each class you are registered in, if you are a student) or to create new ones on the fly to hold discussions either in private or publicly.
Finally, as always, ignore any email message that says you have to ‘do something’ to transition to Academica. And especially, don’t click on any links in such messages. When in doubt, type the name into your web browser yourself: academica.wayne.edu or a.wayne.edu for short. That way, you always know where you are. And where you aren’t.
If you have questions, contact the C&IT Help Desk at (313) 577-HELP or firstname.lastname@example.org.