Construction gates disappear and Parkland College's new "front door" opens to greet last-minute college enrollees in the campus' new Student Union today, July 28.
Mass Transit District (MTD) buses and other public transportation also may access the new circle drive starting July 28 to drop off passengers at the building. The bus stop was relocated to the south parking lots two years ago as construction began.
Today marks the two-week point before the college's new registration deadline for students wishing to take 16-week fall semester classes. The new Student Union houses all of the offices involved in the enrollment process, including Admissions, Assessment, Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising, cashiers, as well as other student services and the bookstore.
"We are excited to have all of these offices in one place for our students' convenience," said Marietta Turner, Parkland's dean of students. "It still takes some time to confirm transcripts, financial aid and other details, so students who want to have a seat in class this fall, whether starting 16-week courses or one of the later start sessions, need to visit this beautiful new facility right away to complete the enrollment process."
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," Turner said. "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."