Online registration in the works at community college |

Online registration in the works at community college

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Nick Barclay thinks it’s a good idea.

The 19-year-old Lake Tahoe Community College student was responding to the school inching closer to having automated Internet registration by the winter of 2003.

Last year, Barclay was a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where online registration was the norm.

“I thought it was way better than standing in line,” he said. “You can register from your room. I mean, no one is standing in line these days.”

A brief update about the project by Linda Stevenson and Bill King will be presented to the LTCC Board of Trustees at a 7:30 meeting tonight.

The college is purchasing software, made by Jenzabar and called Campus Connect, and will likely test the program on a group of students for fall 2003 registration.

A link found on the college’s Web site,, will send students to online registration forms and class schedules.

LTCC is among a small dying breed of California community colleges that doesn’t have some type of automated registration, Stevenson said.

A survey was conducted last year polling student preferences on registration. More than 2,000 students, or 78 percent of those enrolled, said walk-in registration was their favorite, followed by online, then telephone.

“That’s just because they know how to do it,” said Stevenson, director of admission and records.

“We’re going to have to make sure all current processes are automated,” she said. “If there is something the clerk at the counter can do by hand, we’ll find a way a student can do it over the Web.”

Bill King, director of computer services, said the software and hardware costs for the system would hover near $80,000.

“It’s just a service we feel we need to offer,” he said. “We thought in the past that telephone registration would be the next thing but we’re bypassing the telephone and going right to Web registration.”

The next step for the college is to purchase the components, followed by the construction of a project time line.

Also scheduled for discussion at tonight’s meeting are plans for the foreign language department and visual and performing arts program.

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