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The woes of scheduling

Words by Hailee Carlin

Story courtesy of Max Pixel via Creative Commons.

The end of the spring semester brings nice weather, FlashFest and baseball. However, it also means that it’s time to schedule for next semester’s classes.

Many students schedule without a hitch.

Others, like Haley Hagan, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice, have had problems with advising and scheduling in the past, mostly with being blocked from classes and the availability of them.

“The holds were not cleared on four of the seven classes I’m taking next semester,” Hagan says. “I was also not advised on a prerequisite needed for one of my minor classes, so I may not graduate on time now.”
Hagan is scheduled for 18 credit hours next semester.

She says the scheduling system needs to be fixed, though she doesn’t know how it could be changed.

“I just do not like that in scheduling, it is luck-of-the-draw,” Hagan says. “It’s a very stressful process because one minute a class could have five spots left, and you go to schedule and the class is now full. It’s just frustrating.”

Natalie Eusebio, a freshman majoring in public relations, is due to schedule for 16 credit hours.

She agrees with Hagan and says that she has problems with classes filling up too soon.

“A majority of the classes I want to take look to be full already for the fall semester,” Eusebio says. “It is strange for me to pay tuition and do everything right, and then still get shut out of classes I need for my major.”

One solution Eusebio says could work is to offer more classes, or if that can’t happen, advisers could at least try a little harder to help students get into the ones they need.

“I do like that I can always be checking on classes and moving my schedule around,” Eusebio says. “It’s a very flexible system.”

Hagan agrees and says, “I also like seeing who my professor is ahead of time, so I can read reviews and see what I’m getting into and who is in my classes.”

Hagan uses the Kent State app to check who is in her classes, and the Rate My Professors website to look up reviews for possible instructors.

To schedule classes, a student first must meet with their academic advisor. Some classes may have to have special permission to take, like classes for a minor.

The course reference number, also called the CRN, is a five-digit number that is typed into the add or drop courses page as a way of claiming a spot in the class.

Students at Kent State schedule based off of credit hours. The more credit hours you have, the earlier you schedule.

For more information about scheduling classes, contact an adviser or the university registrar at registrar@kent.edu.

Hailee Carlin is the student life reporter for The Burr.

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