MU Registration revisions revealed

Longer registration period, new course numbers and an online-only schedule are introduced.
Friday, February 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

MU students who want to register to learn next semester will have to learn to register.

MU sent a campuswide e-mail Thursday saying that a longer registration period, new course numbers and an online course catalog will affect registration beginning Feb. 26 — the start of early registration for this year’s summer and fall semesters.

Rather than having early and regular registration, there will be one continuous period spanning from early registration until the last drop day – June 8 for summer semester and Aug. 31 for fall.

New four-digit codes will counteract overflow

MU is also changing the numbering system of courses, moving from three to four digits.

“We’ve run out of numbers,” said Brenda Selman, university registrar.

She explained that some departments had to use letters and that the curriculum had fallen out of logical order. For example, Math 5 is considered a remedial course, but History 3 and 4 aren’t.

“The new number system allows more room, a more logical order, room for expansion and lets us drop things, like the letters, that we’ve had to add,” Selman said.

Some MU students are not looking forward to the change but realize it could help future classes.

“I have specific classes I have to take from here on out, so this change of numbers will just be more trouble on my part,” said junior Matt Boeckman. “For incoming freshmen, it will be a good thing because it will help differentiate classes better, but for upper-level students it is more of a pain.”

Course catalogs only available on-line

Another change is that paper course catalogs will go the way of the typewriter; the new schedule of courses will be on-line and available in a portable document format or “pdf” file. .

Selman said the problem with the university’s printed catalog is that it was out of date as soon as it was published because classes change or fill up.

“Now it will allow students to do a more extensive search, and the information will be more current,” Selman said.

MU student Andrea Ramey, 22, will miss the catalog.

“It’s probably a good thing since it saves paper and since the university is trying to save money, but I like a book,” Ramey said. “I like to hold it in my hands.”

Students who long for the good old days can still get their hands on a printed version, if only for a few minutes. Selman said a handful of those will be printed for advisors and others, to help during the transition.

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