Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Pins removed, registration process altered for remote enrollment

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Graphic by Ally Bruemmer

To make registering for classes from home a little easier on students and advisors, the Academic Advising department made some changes to the registration process for fall 2020.

Registration starts on April 13, but this year, students are not required to receive academic advising, and registration pins will not be used.

Director of Academic Advising Carol Heisserer said the Academic Advising department still strongly encourages students to communicate with their advisors so students can still feel like they are getting one-on-one academic direction.

“We want students to still reach out to their advisors, whether it's with a professional advisor or a faculty advisor via email or teleconferencing,” Heisserer said.

Heisserer said the academic advising department took the precaution to not have a registration pin for the upcoming enrollment because they knew how challenging it would be for students, as well as advisors, to access the registration pins due to everyone being remote.

“During this time, when students are experiencing so much change and adapting to learning online, we want to make sure to prevent any type of barriers that would keep them from getting enrolled,” Heisserer said. “Sometimes, finding those pins could be difficult for the students, and with the faculty advisors working from home, them getting pins for their students could be a problem, as well.”

There will also be a new virtual open enrollment lab held through Zoom at the end of April for incoming freshmen to ask advisors questions about their schedules.

“If [incoming students] were trying to get into a course and they were getting an error message and they did not know how to troubleshoot that, they could just join us in that meeting room and we would help them navigate around those barriers,” Heisserer said.

Registration will follow the same order as usual, starting with seniors and student-athletes first enrolling in classes beginning Monday, April 13 at 7 a.m.

For more information on changes to academic advising, visit advising@semo.edu.

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