Registration for spring courses begins Nov 1, students to see advisors

Registration for spring courses begins Nov 1, students to see advisors
By Jenn Tyborski
jennonthetorch@gmail.com

Although the weather has been getting colder, students are already thinking spring and choosing courses for the upcoming semester. The spring 2014 course list went live Oct. 21, and students can register for classes starting Nov. 1.
Students can expect to register for courses the same way as in previous semesters. However, according to LaKisha Young, registrar of the university, other changes to the registration process are in discussion, and if made, students will be notified of the changes when the time comes.
To assist students, the registrar’s office will provide online training videos for students to use the registrar’s tools to their fullest potential.
“We recently added a training video that walks students through basic navigation of RU Access,” Young said. “We will continue to add training videos to our library in hopes that we address some of the common questions that students have.”
Another resource the registrar’s office provides is the Starting Out At Roosevelt event. The event is required for all incoming first-year students and transfer students, although Chicago College of Performing Arts students do not have to attend the event. Parents and guardians are not required to attend SOAR, but are highly encouraged to attend.
At the event, students will take care of matters related to advising, student accounts and financial aid. SOAR events last two and a half hours, and students need to attend one session before orientation.
“SOAR allows the students to come to the university and handle all of the pre-college business before the start of classes, which should allow the student to get off to a successful first semester,” Young said.
According to Young, the office sets their main goal to uphold the C.A.R.E. model.
“Every semester, our office sets a goal of making sure that we provide consistent, accessible, respectful and efficient service,” Young said. “[The] model ensures we provide excellent service to all students, faculty and staff.”
The registrar’s office also makes sure students are aware of important dates for the semester by posting them to their “Important Dates” web page. The office provides links to online registration, adding or dropping courses and information pertaining to registering for individualized sections.
Students can visit the office during business hours Monday through Friday for in-person assistance.
Working alongside the registrar’s office, academic advising works with students to make sure they are selecting courses to keep them on track with their degree requirements.
Before a student reaches 60 credits, he or she must see an advisor from the Office of Academic Advising. Once a student has obtained the needed 60 credits, their file is sent to their major’s department where they are assigned a faculty advisor.
Advisors also assist students who are undecided by helping the student identify career goals to move toward selecting a major.
To register for classes, students must receive a registration code from their advisor to enter on RU Access by scheduling an appointment to discuss courses for the spring semester.
Unlike Roosevelt, students at DePaul University and Columbia College do not have to obtain a code for registration.
Students at Columbia may be required to speak with a faculty advisor their second year, and are generally encouraged to see their advisor throughout their academic career. Students at DePaul are not required to speak to an advisor as, “Students are responsible for planning their own programs and for completing course sequences and degree requirements,” according the DePaul University website.
Young explains why Roosevelt requires registration codes for students.
“The use of the registration code is to prompt all students to discuss their plans with an advisor before registering for classes to ensure students register for courses that meet degree requirements and keep students on track for on-time graduation,” Young said.
Students who are in the Honors Program were allowed to schedule early advising appointments with the program’s assistant director, Megan Bernard.
“Since I am the main source of honors advising and I’m just one human, I have to start earlier in the month to accommodate every honor student who’s interested in a one-on-one appointment for course planning,” Bernard said. “I am always happy to sit down with students who are looking for a conversation about their future and wanted to be sure there would be ample time for those meetings.”
In the future, Bernard hopes to expand the courses offered to fit the requirements and interests of students. The current process for Bernard and the program’s director, Sam Rosenberg, is to look at the demographics of the current honors composition, followed by examining previous recent honors courses to avoid repetition.
Although students will contact advisors from their departments or through the advising office, Young stated the registration process is a mixed effort of offices.
“Registering students is a combined effort among the registrar’s office, undergraduate academic advising, advisors within the individual colleges, student accounts and financial aid,” Young said. “We all work together to allow for a successful experience for the student.”

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