Monday, March 24, 2014

Fall Registration

Welcome back Freshmen!  We hope you had a safe, fun and productive spring break and are ready to attack the rest of your semester with renewed enthusiasm! 
The CAS Academic Advisors are currently in the middle of pre registering students for the Fall and Summer 2014 semesters so I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you how to prepare for your appointment…

We're waiting for you!

When is my appointment?

You have been assigned an appointment based upon your major.  If you have not yet picked up your appointment letter, do so today! The date of your appointment DOES NOT impact the date and time of your registration.  Registration days are assigned based upon the number of credits you have completed and your registration time is randomly generated and assigned.   

What should I bring?

You should bring 1. A completed preregistration form (see the example form below!) and 2. A completed green End of Year Review you received with your appointment materials. 
This is what a completed registration form should look like!
If I'm not guaranteed these courses, what's the point of filling out the form?!
In the CAS Advising Center, we are dedicated to helping you graduate in four years!  When we sign the pre registration form, we are promising that, to the best of our knowledge regarding your history and academic goals, that the courses selected are good courses that will advance you toward graduation at the fastest rate possible.  When you sign it, you are promising that you will check in with us in the event that you change your schedule or your academic goals so we can help to ensure that this is still the case.   We can't promise the courses you want will be available but we can promise we will help you find alternatives if you get closed out!

I don't know what to take!!

For many students, selecting courses for the fall of sophomore year can be more intimidating because, in many cases, sophomores have more freedom in making selections.  Generally speaking, you can follow the four year plan for your major provided in the online catalog.  Here, you can look at major and cognate requirements and get some ideas about general education requirements.  You should also look at your CAPP to determine what progress you have made toward fulfilling graduation requirements.  If you don't know how to read your CAPP, you can get some help here!

I want to change my major!!!  

If you would like to change your major, you should refer to the catalog page for the new major to prepare for your appointment.  You can begin the process of changing your major when you meet with your advisor.  For some majors, your advisor may be able to process the change for you.  However, in many cases, you will need to meet with the chair of your desired major to make the change.  Either way, we can help you figure it out and determine if you are on track in your new major or what you need to do to get on track!

I still don't know what to major in!

Some students are still undecided at the end of their first year at Scranton.  While delaying a declaration of major may increase the likelihood that you will need to do some summer or intersession courses to catch up when you do decide, it's not the end of the world.  Your advisor will change your major to Exploratory and will discuss your options.  Choose courses from the majors in which you are interested.  It might be helpful to visit career services to take an interest assessment or to set up a job shadow.  Talk to your advisor about proactive strategies to help you decide on a major.

As always, if you have any questions, let us know!  We are here to help!

Katie Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

Friday, January 31, 2014

Welcome Back to the Spring Semester!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  We hope you had a pleasant break and are rejuvenated and ready to begin the Spring 2014 semester with renewed passion and enthusiasm!  There are just a few important things to keep in mind as you settle back into campus!

Check your Scranton Email!
During the course of break, the advisors in the CAS Advising Center have been contacting students via email regarding important registration issues.  We have carefully reviewed student schedules to do our best to ensure that all CAS freshmen are registered for the most appropriate classes.  If we found an error on your schedule or needed to contact you regarding any other matter we would have done so through your Scranton email so check it often!!!

Check your schedule one last time!
You may have printed a copy of your schedule following registration but sometimes class locations and the assigned professor change before the semester begins.  You want to make sure you start the semester off on the right foot and show up on time to all of your first classes so double check your schedule on Sunday evening!  Not sure how to check your schedule?  You can find directions here!

Know how and when you can change your schedule!
You may add a course to your schedule or change sections/time/professors using your PIN or by Friday, February 7.  You can also contact the CAS Advising Center for assistance in a schedule change.  You may drop a course without a grade until March 5, 2014 but you will not be able to add/change a course after the end of the first week of class.

We are so very happy to welcome you back!  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Katherine Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

Friday, November 22, 2013

Spring and Intersession Registration

Freshman Registration begins today, Friday, November 22 at 3PM.  By now, you should have met with an advisor in the CAS Advising Center to ask questions, review your schedule and receive your term PIN.  When your PIN becomes activated, you will follow these instructions to register for your spring and intersession courses. Wondering what to do if you have problems? 
Common Spring/Intersession Registration Woes
  • The Course I wanted is closed!  Can I be written in?  Ordinarily, it is not possible to be written into a closed course, even with the professor’s permission.  However, the CAS Advisors maintain a wish list.  If the course you truly want is closed, stay calm!  Register for the next best thing and then send one of us an email with your R# and the name and CRN of the course you are trying to get into.  Course enrollment fluctuates after final grades come out as people change their minds or determine that they can no longer take the courses they have planned.  If you are on the wish list, both you and your advisor can check during the summer for openings.  Additionally, getting your name on the wish list is beneficial because, if there are a lot of people waiting for a course, departments will occasionally open new sections but we need to know that you are waiting for a seat!
·         The computer says “cross registration only”!  What does that mean?  For some science courses such as BIOL 141/142, BIOL 110/111, CHEM 112/113, CHEM 232/233 and their corresponding labs, as well as for the WRTG 105/106 sequence, you are required to register for the same section of the course as you were registered for in the fall semester.  If you wish to make a change to your section, you may do so on Monday, December 3. 
  • The course I wanted says “major restriction” but I am declaring that major! Many courses are restricted to specific majors.  If you are currently in the process of declaring a major and are unable to register for an open section of a course for that major, call the CAS Advising Center immediately!  We can add you to the course!  In contacting us please remember:

1.  Call us--don't try to come in!!  By the time you make it in to see us and we get off the phone with students who are calling for help, all of your classes might close!  It's always best to call!!

 2.  Completely sign out of your myscranton account!  Only one person can be logged into your registration at a time!  If you are logged in, we can't help you!  It can take a long time for the computer to log you out and the longer it takes, the less likely it is you'll get the classes you want!
3.  Be prepared!  Have your R# and the CRN of the course(s) you want on hand so we can help you faster!
  • The course I want is “reserve closed”!  What does that mean?  Many courses reserve a certain number of seats for students in particular majors.  Once the non-reserved seats are taken, students who are not in those majors are not able to register for the class.  Reserves come off on December 3.  Email your advisor to tell them you didn’t get a seat.  If the course is open when the reserve is removed, your advisor can add you to the course. 
  •   My Account is On Hold!! Login to your myscranton account to make sure you are not on hold before registration begins.  When you have a hold on your account, neither you nor your academic advisor will be able to register you for the classes.  Most holds are financial.  You will need to talk to the Bursar’s Office to resolve the problem.  They are located in St. Thomas Hall room 201 and you can call them at 570-941-4062.
  • I never came in for registration!  If you haven't kept an initial advising appointment for fall preregistration, and you are not currently scheduled for an appointment, the CAS Advisors will not be able to help you until Monday, November 25.  We are solidly booked up until registration now.  Until you have your initial appointment, you can't get your PIN and therefore can't register or be registered for fall classes.  If you call during registration, we can't help you! We open at here as early as possible to improve your chances of getting into the courses you want!
Other things to chew on...

  • Your PIN becomes activated today but it stays activated until the end of the first week of the spring semester.  There is a lot of time for courses to open up!  Be patient and don't panic!
  • When you completed your preregistration, you and your advisor both signed off on the schedule you planned.  Your advisor certified that the courses you chose were consistent with your academic goals and would help you progress toward timely graduation in your major.  If you make changes to your schedule besides switching sections or adding a PHED course, you should check in with your advisor to make sure you will still be on track!
Katie Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Break and Perspective

For most people, Fall Break can't come fast enough…that's how I always felt when I was an undergrad at Scranton.  Don't get me wrong; it's a wonderful and exciting community to be a part of but mid semester tends to be a little overwhelming.  After long nights or early mornings spent in exam preparation, some students can head home feeling a little overwrought.  I hope you all enjoy a break full of family, friends, relaxation and maybe a little catch up time but that you also take advantage of the next couple of days to regain you perspective and to remember that despite all the stress involved in obtaining your education, it truly is an enormous blessing that few get to claim.

Malala Yousafzai

It is important to remember that while studying may feel burdensome at times, throughout the world, people are willing to risk everything for a chance to receive an education.   Malala Yousafzai, sixteen-year-old Nobel Prize nominee and advocate for education rights for women and girls, has demonstrated this reality through her fearless action an eloquent speech, openly opposing the Taliban when they came to her home in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and eventually forbade girls there to attend school.  On October 9, 2012, she was shot in an attempt to silence her defiance but she miraculously survived and continues her campaign.  Despite the terror she has faced, she remains dauntless and speaks of justice and peace rather than hatred and retribution.  

She reminds us that education is about so much more than obtaining a degree or entry into a lucrative career.  It’s about freedom, dignity, the expansion of understanding and purpose and a means to gaining power over one’s circumstances.  As a means of shaking off ignorance and challenging oppression it can bring light to the dark places of the world.  She explains in this video, “Education is a power for women and that is why the terrorists are afraid of education.”

You can watch her powerful interview with Jon Stewart here. 

College life can difficult but it is also tremendously rewarding.  If you feel overwhelmed, come to see an advisor.  We can help ensure you are making the most of your educational opportunities and can help you find ways to navigate the challenges you may be experiencing!

Have a wonderful, happy and safe break and take time to ask yourself, what is the purpose of my education?  Why am at Scranton?

Katherine Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor