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Jones: Advising, class registration processes hinder progress, need improvement

Viewpoints Editor

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 00:11

Provided by Misti Jones

Provided by Misti Jones

I knew I shouldn’t have waited until the day before class registration to get advised−facing atwo hour wait for a five minute conversation with an advisor−but I knew I wouldn’t be able to register for the classes I needed to take anyways. I always leave the SAM center with some idea of what classes I need to take but it never works out how I plan, and I know I’m not the only one.

With the course number sheet in hand, I look up my prospective classes and jot down what looks do-able for the next semester. Knowing that I have to work, I try to plan my classes early in the morning; I look at all my options. There are always about five course options for each subject that I’m allowed to take but somehow many of the course numbers do not appear. Therefore, I am forced to choose one or two classes I can take. What happens when I click on my choices? Only one professor teaches each course or it’s a late, late class with limited spots left and I can’t register until 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday.

Not only are there issues with how many professors teach one subject, creating the anxiety of trying to register for the class before thousands of other students do, but there aren’t a lot of options for a sophomore.

Students are forced to choose late times, to race other students for spots, to not register for the classes they need to take before graduation or are forced to take $300 online courses.

More professors should be available for each course in order to allow more students to take the required classes. Class sizes could be bigger to let students register for classes and online-only courses should not be forced upon students who don’t want to take them.

Maybe the requirement that students be advised before they register for classes could be omitted, allowing for one-on-one appointments with advisors and an alleviation of wait times. If a student doesn’t want to be advised, he/she can just look at DegreeWorks on the SHSU page.

There’s got to be a better way for students to get in, get out and get registered for the classes they want or need.

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