Administration offers scheduling solutions PDF Print
Friday, 24 April 2009

Picking out classes for next fall can be a stressful and frustrating process. Getting all the core requirements, the foundations, the perspectives, and classes for one’s major are difficult jobs because the school doesn’t offer the same classes every semester.

“It is going to be an issue because we are a smaller college,” Kimberly Shankman, the Dean of the College said. “We are growing as a college, but we want to keep the class sizes small so the professors still get to know their students."

The administration is aware of the troubles involving the scheduling of classes; however they are trying their best to make the process as smooth as possible.

“When making out the class schedules for the next semester, the department heads go through and make sure there are few or no conflicts with classes in other departments,” Shankman said, “They try to spread their classes throughout the week and between the morning and afternoon."

However, problems still arise. There are many students who are double majoring or they either like all morning classes or all afternoon classes making it harder to get into the classes they need to graduate.

The dean does offer some helpful advice for the students who are having trouble getting into the classes that they need.

“First don’t panic, second go and ask the professors for help to see if they can work something out,” Shankman said, “Also consider taking summer courses."

Some professors will agree to give a student the option of doing an independent study if there is no other way for the student to take the class.

Independent studies are harder then the regular class, and are meant to be the last resort.

“An independent study is a contract that is worked out between the professor and the student,” Raquel Huntington, the registrar said.

The contract form must be completed with the all the signatures and a syllabus from the professor must be attached and returned to the Registrar’s Office before the student can be registered.

“We push the summer classes more then independent study because the students are still able to get the classroom experience,” Shankman said “Plus, it is much quieter during the summer and the students of get to experience the campus in a new way.”

The school is trying to get more teachers to offer more summer classes. The students that decide to take summer courses don’t have to take the courses in Atchison; they have the option to take the classes at a college in their hometown.

“All summer classes have to been approved by Sister Mary Blaise, and it is helpful to have the classes picked out before hand,” Huntington said. “Also, for the class to transfer over, the student has to get a C- or higher”.

The administration is trying to work with the students, so they can graduate on time.

“We really understand it is frustrating. But keeping the class sizes smaller is one of those things we have to do to stay a small school,” Shankman said, “We don’t want to become a big school, like KU. We don’t want the KU Solution.”

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