Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Starting Monday, last-minute enrollees can expect extra help in getting signed up for Parkland College fall classes before it's too late.
Students have less than two weeks before a new deadline kicks in for access to Parkland’s 16-week and 8-week classes. From Aug. 4 until the Aug. 12 deadline, the college will direct late-arriving registration traffic by means of a line of staffed tables in its new Student Union.
"All the steps required for enrollment can be addressed at these 'on-time registration assistance' stations," said Mike Trame, Parkland's dean of enrollment management.
As they arrive at the Student Union, students will be greeted at the first-floor welcome station. Based on their status as a new or continuing student, they then will be directed to tables and/or offices located on the second floor.
Each second-floor table will reflect one of several tasks required for new- or continuing-student enrollment at Parkland, such as applying for admission and submitting transcripts; handling account holds; taking assessment tests; securing financial aid; and attending student orientation. Representatives of the corresponding service offices will be on hand to assist students.
"All registration steps must be completed before a new student can select their fall classes," Trame said, "so we want to make sure students are aware of where they stand in the process and get the immediate help they need to get into the classes they want."
Full-semester fall classes begin Aug. 18, and Parkland officials announced earlier this year that the college would implement an "on-time registration" system with the fall semester. The registration and tuition payment changes are Parkland’s response to institutional research showing that students who register late have lower grade point averages and lower retention/completion rates than students who register on time. College administrators say the new policy will have a positive impact on student success at Parkland.
"On-time registration is an effort to set students up to succeed," said Marietta Turner, dean of students. "The new deadlines are intended to improve the chances that students will arrive in class on the first day focused and ready to engage in the class, rather than distracted by finances, buying textbooks, or arranging other personal issues."