Beginning with Summer 2015, UMass Amherst uses Amazon CourseMaterials to adopt textbooks or other materials. Adoptions display in SPIRE to help students budget and to provide them with direct links to rent or purchase the materials they will need for their classes.
Am I a SPIRE for Staff user?
You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following:
SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records)
SPIRE A (Academic Records)
SPIRE B (Enrollment...
Learn to work with the three tabs or pages that comprise the Student Services Center. SPIRE A (Academic Records) users and SPIRE Advisor users can access some of students’ personal and academic information from a single location.
Access the Student Services Center
Use SPIRE's UM Tracker to keep track of groups of people such as students in a minor, a special program, or a particular situation. Tracker Groups feature customizable headings for up to six columns of information and an unlimited number of checklist items. The customizations enable you to create...
Staff in Academic Deans' Offices have the ability to override credit limits, audit grade changes, and view comments from a student's record.
Change a Student's Enrollment Limit (PDF*, 52k)
Search Enrollment Requests (PDF, 74k)
Audit Grade Changes (PDF, 36k)
View a Student's...
Learn to work with the interactive Academic Requirements Report, the Academic Requirements & Course History PDF, and the Course History page.
For details of how to navigate to the Academic Requirements Report, the Academic Requirements & Course History PDF, and the Course...
About Academic Requirements Reports
You have two similar reports to choose from when reviewing students'' progress toward their degrees. The reports are the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) and the Course Enrollment Planning Report (CEPR).
The ARR is the report most people prefer, because it is...
Students and instructors receive the appropriate SPIRE access automatically. If your job requires you to work with student records in SPIRE, including records needed for academic advising, then you will need access to SPIRE in a ‘for staff’ or 'for advisors' capacity. To gain...
Faculty and staff with Advisor access to SPIRE, you can now review and update online notes for your advisees. Advising notes will be available even when students move between departments, schools, and colleges.
View guidelines for writing appropriate advising notes. Click Notes...
What is the SPIRE Advising Notes tool?
The SPIRE Advising Notes tool is an online note-making application for academic advisors, available through SPIRE. The Committee on Advising & Technology and the Undergraduate Deans Council have endorsed the concept of online notes and reviewed the...
The Advising Notes tool in SPIRE allows faculty and staff with Advisor access to maintain an
easy-to-use online record of advising notes for all students.
This tool will improve advising across campus by ensuring that advisors have accurate and more complete information on their advisees, even...
Advisors, would you like a quiet environment and personal assistance to learn how to read and write SPIRE Advising Notes? Consider our Advising Notes Help Sessions or trainings. The Help Sessions are not formal workshops, but an opportunity for anyone with SPIRE for Advisors access to get one-on-...
The Course Catalog includes course descriptions, listed by academic department. Because these represent the typical course offerings for a department, not all courses are described in the Catalog. If you cannot find a course description, contact the academic department for more information.
Use this page to add a new section to an existing course. Enter Information about an existing section to use in creating a new section
(you can copy an existing section if that section has been offered within the past 3 yrs.)
Click Search if needed
Enter additional information in the new...
If a course has consent requirements (department/instructor consent), students will not be able to register themselves into the course. They must see the department or instructor first. When students are approved for registration, whoever in your department has been authorized and trained to...
CAPS automatically assigns an associated class number for graded sections. For non-graded sections (labs & discussions), pick the graded section you want your section to be linked with. When students register for this class, they first pick a graded section, and then are presented with...
A Catalog Requisite instructs SPIRE to automatically enforce a prerequisite for this course. It applies to all sections of the course. The system must find the requisite already met by the student or see that the student is currently enrolled to allow the student to register for a section of this...
The Catalog page allows you to request changes for the title, long title and description of a course.
The Title appears on the Class Details page and on the Student Transcript and Academic Requirements report. (max 30 characters)
The Long Title appears on the Class Search Results page. (max 100...
A Class Association Requisite tells SPIRE to enforce eligibility restrictions.
Class Association Requisites are visible to students in the schedule of classes, so please do not repeat them in Class Notes.
Examples: “Seniors & Juniors only”; “Cryptozoology majors only”
Class Notes text is information for students. This information will appear in the schedule of classes and the SPIRE class search. Click the Change button to add or change a class note. Click the Delete button to delete a class note.
Examples of good uses for Class Notes: Use “Same as...