By STEVE KNIGHT
Senior staff members, faculty, and student representatives recognize the twice annual registration struggle for courses students want and need. Exactly how to go about fixing the Academic Planning and Registration website, or APR, is not yet clear.
As the University gradually increases student enrollment and faculty council prepares a new curriculum, the time for APR reform is now. That’s why Academic Dean Valeri Lehr prepared a student survey to help gauge student opinion.
“We need students to take the survey. It is beneficial to everyone on campus, and the results will help us fix the problems with the APR system,” Lehr said.
Jack Holby ’14, Thelmo VP of University Relations, said students often have trouble registering for course prerequisites and major requirements. Seniors often grumble about taking all of their hardest classes in one semester and scrambling for that last 0.5 credit because they could not get into those classes sooner.
Holby said a reform of academic registration could include hiring more faculty or simply reorganizing the registration system, both of which will require a capital investment. Holby urges students to complete the survey so that the University knows how best to fix the problems.
“We need to get ahead of this so a few years down the line it’s no longer an issue,” Holby said. “As you go through course registration, take the three minutes to complete the survey.”