Eliminate late registration

In fall 2012, the College’s late registration was eliminated and the resultant registration procedure was fully revised and implemented.  This procedure now requires that all students must register and pay for courses by 11:59 p.m. the day prior to the published start date of any specific course. The immediate deregistration of non-paying students, via the new procedure, allows faculty to have up-to-date rosters the first day of class and every day thereafter. Therefore, the goal of having the first day of every course as a teaching and learning day was realized.  Simultaneously, at the start of the fall 2013 semester, all departments participated in discussions that focused on how to better engage students the first six weeks of classes through group work and ice breakers.

Data from the 2014 CCSSE showed an increase in student engagement since 2010.  Specifically, individual items within two of the benchmarks—student-faculty interaction and academic challenge -- show clear improvements. For example, email communication with faculty increased from 58% to 68%, with only 8% of students stating they “never received prompt feedback on performance. Likewise, 81% of our students feel that their instructors are available, helpful, and sympathetic.

In Spring 2012, among all grades given for the term, 3,000 of them were “W” (withdraw); this figure represented 11% of all grades for the term.  When compared to Spring 2015, there were 2305 “W” grades, which represent 9.3% of all grades for the term.  These changes, attributed to the Elimination of Late Registration, represent 700 more completions for the term and a drop of 1.7% withdrawals, making the percentage of withdraws for spring term are at five-year low.

Additional data analyses indicate that Withdraw (W) rates continue to decline as a percentage of all grades.  In Fall 2013, W grades were 10% of all grades, but declined in Fall 2014 to 9%,  and further dclined to 8% of all grades in Fall 2015.  When compared to Fall 2010, this now represents a 3% overall drop in Withdrawals.

ID 15526

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