Are there any schools out there who have successfully integrated their Summer online registration process with the process normally used by students to register in fall and spring? I would love some input, especially from colleges running smallish summer programs (>300 students) that include mostly their own students.
Wesleyan’s Continuing Studies office handles all aspects of Summer Session. We currently use a paper registration form, but we are working with the Registrar’s office to see if we can “normalize” the enrollment process for summer. We cannot use the exact same set-up as is normally used, but one idea under discussion would be a new, parallel system utilizing the (unused) PeopleSoft Student Schedule module. It would have a very similar look and feel. However, there are some pieces that don’t seem to be “normalizable,” for instance: 1) students must pay first; 2) students dropping courses must be followed up with personally, so that those taking out loans don’t fall below the loan eligibility limit; 3) the Student Schedule module can’t handle both manual and online enrollment (and we’d require a mix), nor does it send out email confirmations containing information and deadlines we feel that legally students should have since they have just “purchased” a course. There are more issues, but these are some examples.
If any of this sound familiar to you, I’m eager to hear how you’re tackling this! Thanks in advance for your help.
Director, Wesleyan University Continuing Studies