Course scheduling is often a labor intensive, manual process that is governed by heuristics. UIS-SCHEDULER, a WEB enabled collaborative planning tool under development at the University of Illinois, can be used to perform asynchronous planning and course scheduling. The asynchronous environment and optimization methodology for UIS-SCHEDULER aredescribed. This new scheduling tool is expected to save time and compress the planning cycle as a result of the reduction in the number of face-to-face meetings required during the planning process. Higher individual and group productivity and satisfaction with the scheduling process and outcomes are also expected as a result of the use of asynchronous technology.