Registration regrets

By Collegian Staff

Butler University students should not have to dread scheduling each semester.
Instead, students should be able to stay on track  to graduate on time and take classes that are not only beneficial to their degrees, but are also interesting to the individual.
Classes that include major requirements need to have more sections available so the maximum number students can secure a seat.
Each of the university’s colleges should create an adequate number of class sections based on whether or not the class is a graduation requirement or prerequisite to a required, higher-level course.
Students have had trouble during registration, often the result of required courses filling up too quickly and not enough sections being offered.
Many prerequisites to higher-level courses are either not offered or only have one section available. Then students tend to fall behind and have to wait an entire semester to take the course.
Furthermore, many students have found that a number of required courses or prerequisites for required courses are offered at overlapping times.
This proves inefficient for students and can hinder their ability to graduate on time or avoid having to spend extra money on summer courses.
A large amount of students could not register for organic chemistry for spring 2014 even though it is a required course for pre-pharmacy students.
Strategic communications 222 is required course for more than one of the university’s colleges, but only two class sections were available during registration.
More classes should be made available to accommodate both the students that need to take them and the ones who take them for pleasure.
Students should be able to take interesting and thought-provoking classes in addition to those required to graduate.
Currently, there is a limit on the number of physical well being classes a student can take.  But if students are on track to graduate and want to further their physical well being, then they should be allowed to.
Some graduation requirements are fulfilled through the completion of multiple courses in a similar subject. For example, a recording industry studies major can take nine hours of related art- or music-focused courses in order to complete a perspectives in the creative arts requirement.
More of these exchanges between classes should be available to students. The administration should advertise the possibility of alternative ways to satisfy graduation requirements in order to make scheduling and planning for classes as stress-free as possible.
The internal communication that takes place about scheduling and creating classes among the colleges needs to be better.
Overloading classes, or not allowing enough students to take classes only hurts students. If students cannot get in the classes that they are being forced to take, then it could possibly delay the students from graduating.