Trying to shorten lines during registration
We’ve all experienced the frustration of standing in line to register for college classes. Some of us even remember “running for class” when registration was done by each student getting the signature of each faculty member to create a schedule.
Some traditions of the past deserve to die. Standing in line is one. And so, Lake Tahoe Community College is in the process of establishing online registration that will allow you to register for classes from a computer in your home, office or on campus.
But traditions don’t die easy and this one will take some time and considerable resources. We now expect online registration to be available for winter quarter 2004 or one year from now.
In the interim, we will do the best we can to keep the lines as short as possible. We will open extra stations and many of our staff will be pitching in to register our students as expeditiously as possible.
For the winter quarter we are planning a new priority registration system in an effort to spread out our students rather than having so many show up the first day of registration only to find long lines and long waits. So for the coming quarter we will register as follows:
Dec. 4, priority registration for EOPS and DRC students only.
Dec. 5, priority registration for students who took 12 or more units in the fall quarter.
Dec. 6, registration for all continuing students.
Dec. 7, open registration for all students (except high school students.)
Dec. 15, open registration for all students including high school students.
Jan. 6, winter quarter classes begin.
This winter LTCC also be initiating a new student identification card that can be used for a variety of services on campus as well as a library card and a student discount card for those who join the Associated Student Body. These plastic cards will include a color picture of the student on a background picture of Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac. The cards are free to LTCC students and will be available during the first five days of registration and the first two weeks of the winter quarter in January.
Guy Lease is president of Lake Tahoe Community College. He may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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