What is ISAC?

ISAC stands for Instructor Signature to Add a Class.

ISAC – is the online form that replaces the paper registration form requiring Instructor signature to add a class to be used between the 2nd through the 5th class day of the quarter.

A paper registration form is still required to drop a class.

Why ISAC?

The 2012 CCS Enrollment Task Force was asked to evaluate and recommend improved management and collaboration of dated class waitlists. In the June 8, 2012 Report and Recommendations to the Chancellor, the recommendation was to launch the pilot and adopt ISAC – online Instructor Signature to Add a Class. The current process to add students to class is paper-based. This online tool allows instructors to add students to their class, and is managed by the individual faculty member.

Major benefits of implementing ISAC are:

  • The elimination of paper registration forms
  • Convenient for faculty to exclusively manage adding students quickly online instead of using a paper form, while retaining the ability to communicate with students in-person or through email prior to approval to add a class.
  • Instructors have immediate access and knowledge of all students who wish to add a class when receiving ISAC requests. ISAC is open after all waitlists have been closed once the quarter starts.
  • It will save time for students, as they will no longer have to physically travel to classrooms and faculty offices to request permission and signatures to add a class. ISAC is open after the class waitlists have been turned off.
  • If instructors approve an ISAC request, registration will electronically add the student to the class (if there are no blocks). Students do not have to stand in line with a paper registration form at the Registration Office.
  • The ISAC form is also a convenience for students registering into online/e-Learning classes, evening or weekend classes.

The process is easy to use!

  1. A student logs into my Bigfoot Portal, selects Personalized Tools, and completes/submits an ISAC form.
  2. The ISAC notification is sent directly to the instructor indicating that there is an ISAC form waiting for approval or denial.
  3. Navigate to CCSnet, login, and click the ISAC button to view the ISACs students have submitted for your approval or denial.
    Learn how to set up an ISAC button in CCSnet
    View Instructor ISAC page to APPROVE or DENY a request
  4. The ISAC request disappears from this page when you approve or deny the request.
  5. You can contact or meet with the student before you approve or deny an ISAC.
  6. You have two additional days AFTER the 5th class day of the quarter, when ISAC stops accepting student requests, to approve or deny requests.
  7. ISAC requests still pending (no instructor action) after midnight on the 7th day of the quarter will be administratively denied the following morning.

Example Instructor View of ISAC

ISAC - Faculty

Accessing ISAC

Here is how you access ISAC: set up your blue ISAC button for convenience!

  1. You must be an instructor teaching a course for the current quarter AND have had an ISAC request submitted to you as described above.
  2. Go to the employee portal (CCSnet) and login with your SID and PIN.
  3. You may also see a button labeled ISAC on the CCSnet home page (green arrow).
    You can launch ISAC from the APPS menu on the left side of the page (purple arrow).
    You can add the ISAC button to the top of your CCSnet home page by clicking Manage Links (red arrow).
    CCSnet
    Click "Add Link" next to ISAC.
    CCSnet
    Return to your CCSnet home page and click the ISAC button to begin reviewing submitted ISAC requests.

ISAC Facts

  • ISAC - stands for Instructor Signature to Add a Class.
  • ISAC - is the new online form that replaces the paper registration form requiring instructor signature to add a class to be used between the 2nd through the 5th class day of the quarter.
  • ISAC - is business process that works primarily online and by email.
  • ISAC - is for CREDIT classes only at SCC/SFCC/IEL
  • ISAC - students have a limit of four ISAC submissions total within SCC/SFCC/IEL.
  • ISAC - students have 24 hours to pay for added classes. (Students should contact Financial Aid to confirm funding.)
  • ISAC - cannot be used to DROP a class. A paper CCS Registration Form is still required to drop a class.
  • ISAC - can be submitted for late start, continuous enrollment, or short classes only between the 2nd through the 5th class day of each quarter.
  • ISAC - does not replace the faculty decision to meet/communicate with the student before deciding to approve or deny the request.
  • ISAC - student email and phone number are displayed on the ISAC request for faculty use.
  • ISAC - communicates messages by email, therefore students must have a current email address on record. Students should check their spam folders for ISAC messages.
  • ISAC - requests, whether approved or denied, will be added to the student's educational record in halFile (student document imaging system).
  1. When is ISAC available online for students to submit a request to instructors?
    ISAC opens at 12:01 AM the 2nd class day of the quarter and closes at 11:59 PM the 5th class day of the quarter.
  2. What happens if a student has used up all four ISAC requests?
    The student is blocked from submitting any additional ISAC requests for that quarter.
  3. Can students submit four ISACs at each campus (SCC/SFCC/IEL)?
    No. Students cannot submit four ISACS within each campus. Students are blocked after submitting a total of four ISACs.
  4. Can students submit more than one ISAC request for the SAME course?
    Yes, it is possible. The student could receive approved ISACs for the same course with different item numbers. While the system cannot prevent this, Registration will only add the first class approved by the same instructor.

    It is also possible that the student could be approved and registered into four of the same classes by four different instructors. In all cases, it is the student's responsibility to check their class schedule and to drop any duplicate courses.
  5. Who has access to ISAC requests?
    ISAC requests, whether approved or denied, will be added to the student's educational record in halFile (student document imaging system). In addition to emails generated, records of ISAC student requests and instructor approval/denial are stored in a database. Deans, Chairs, Registrars, and Administrative Assistants have access to view all ISAC requests.
  1. Though ISAC is an online form, can't I still require the student either meet or communicate with me before I decide to approve or deny their request?
    Of course you can! ISAC does not replace the faculty discretion to require meeting and/or communicating with the student before deciding to approve or deny the request. The student email and phone number is listed on the ISAC request to facilitate this. Faculty can also deny the ISAC request and send a message to the student requiring a meeting and/or communication.
  2. How can I be sure the student has met the pre-requisites for my class before I decide to approve or deny the ISAC request?
    ISAC requests list the student's email and phone number so that you may communicate or request a face-to face meeting, require more information on test scores, or request confirmation by college transcript(s) that they have met the pre-requisites your class may require, contingent upon approving or denying an ISAC.
  3. What happens if I want to approve an ISAC request that results in an overload?
    Online/e-Learning classes only are overloaded per Dean approval by email request. For on-campus classes, instructors are not required to seek overload approval from the Dean.
  4. What do I do if I accidently approve or deny a student to add my class? How do I correct this?
    You cannot cancel or recall the ISAC approval or denial once you click the submit button. To correct:
    • Forward the ISAC confirmation email (which includes the student name, SID, and class item number) to the appropriate Registration Office explaining that you have submitted an ISAC error.
    • Indicate whether you want the student added or removed from your class.
    • Registration will make the correction, and email you and the student to confirm.
    • The correction will be electronically added to the student record.
  5. What happens if I do nothing with the ISAC requests sent to me?
    Requests still pending (no instructor action) as of midnight on the 7th day of the quarter will be administratively denied the following morning.
  6. Are selective admission and program-specific classes protected from a student submitting an ISAC?
    No. However, if a student requests to add a nursing class, for example, and he or she is not officially in the program, the ISAC will be denied.
  1. Will a student's financial aid be affected if an ISAC request is approved and added by Registration?
    Possibly. Students on Financial Aid should be advised to contact Financial Aid if they have questions regarding their funding.
  2. What happens when a student has a block on their account and submits an ISAC form?
    Registration cannot process the approved ISAC of a student with a block on their student account. Registration will email both student and instructor notifying them that the ISAC request cannot be processed due to a block.

    If the student takes care of the block (for example, pays a parking ticket fine) the student can take the receipt to the appropriate Registration Office (or fax/email receipt to Registration). The receipt will allow Registration to override the block to process the ISAC. Registration will then send the email confirmation to the student AND instructor.
  3. What happens when a student's account has been blocked based on their academic status?
    • Students on an Academic Warning (A1) remain blocked until they attend a Student Success Academic Warning workshop. They have the option of attending an online workshop or an on-campus workshop.
    • Students on Academic Probation (A2) or Suspension (A3, A4) are required to meet with a Counselor and obtain a counselor AND instructor signature using a paper CCS Registration Form in order to add a class between the 2nd and 5th class day of the quarter. The student would then take the signed form to the appropriate Registration Office.
  4. What about adding a class after the 5th class day of the quarter?
    Adding a class after the 5th class day of the quarter requires the signature of the Vice-President of Instruction AND the instructor signature on a PAPER CCS registration form. The student takes the signed paper form to the appropriate Registration Office. Note: Financial Aid will not fund a class added after the 5th class day of the quarter.
  5. Can a student drop a class by submitting an ISAC form?
    No. ISAC is a request to ADD a class by online instructor permission.
    • Students can drop a class the first day of the quarter either in person using a paper CCS Registration Form or online on the myBigfoot portal.
    • Students can drop a class the 2nd through 5th class day of the quarter only by using a paper CCS Registration Form to be submitted in-person to the appropriate Registration Office.
  6. Are there any other circumstances when a paper registration form will be accepted for adding a class?
    Yes. A paper CCS Registration Form is used to register when using a State Employee or Senior Citizen Waiver or when a student needs to re-register into a Professional-Technical /Health-Science program.
    • State Employee Waivers on the third day of the quarter
    • Senior Citizen Waivers on the third day of the quarter
    • Professional/Technical Program re-registration
    • Exceptions - Contact the Registrar.

Questions? Need help with ISAC?

Contact your college Registration Office or Registrar's Office:

 Registration Office   Registrar's Office
Spokane Community College (509) 533-8860 (509) 533-7067
Spokane Falls Community College (509) 533-3500 (509) 533-3570
Institute for Extended Learning (509) 279-6712 (509) 279-6001