Friday, August 26, 2005
Late In-Person Registration, or, Let the Whining Begin...
As the dean, I’m the go-to person for students trying to get into closed sections. In other words, I am the target of whining.
“But you have to let me into that class! I’ll lose my financial aid!”
“I need that class to graduate, and my job conflicts with every other section.”
“Can you add a section? It would really help.”
“I just want something easy. Are there any, you know, bullshit classes?”
"It's not fair that I got kicked out, just because I didn't pay my bill."
“What doesn’t require any math?”
“An online class? Do I need a computer for that?”
And on, and on. The worst is the kid who shows up with his girlfriend five minutes before we shut down, wanting some impossibly baroque schedule with multiple prerequisite waivers and nothing too early in the morning, and he wants it RIGHT NOW. For whatever reason, that kid is always the most assertive of the day.
Given my druthers, I’d assign the most senior, most haughty faculty to late registration duty. Let them confront the reality of how students make the choices they make. We can have whatever high-minded discussions about academic integrity we like; the kids will make decisions based on convenience, perceived ease, and what their friends are taking.
Honestly, it isn’t as bad as it used to be. Online registration has made it easier, as the students have become (generally) more self-sufficient. (Hooray!) I hope to see us move even more strongly in that direction in the future, and we probably will. Still, for the next several days, it’s time to put on my thickest skin. Bleah.
(Judging by this post, whining is contagious. Sorry bout that.)
We're in a funny position. As a college, our enrollment is shaky, but what students we do get all seem to want the same few sections. If we could just spread them out a little...
I can also pay online with a credit card and bank transfer.
I had to register in person for my first semester. I was sent from bursar's to registrar's to financial aid to nurse's office (vaccinations), back to bursas, registrar. Why would anyone choose to ednure that?
Overrides at my college require the dept chair and dean to approve, with the faculty member usually consulted. I try to stick to a no-override policy, but I will bend for students I've had before whose work ethic I'm aware of. But I always give them a good talking to about the importance of registering early next time.
The worst override story I've heard involved a dept. chair who told the records office they could override adjunct, but not full-time, sections at will. Talk about slimy.
[First-time commenter, glad to have found you, via BitchPh.D.]
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