Spring registration goes smoothly

Karon Parrish
Photo by Karon Parrish
What's available? -- First-year student Amanda May receives instructions during registration from Financial Aid secretary Becky Rice.

   Spring 2005 registration was quietly underway Jan. 10 with few problems, according to Ranelle Eubanks, assistant vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs. 

   The majority of students took advantage of pre-registering in November 2004 and this contributed to the absence of many problems normally associated with registration. Fall registration is particularly busy for all college campuses, according to “The College Journal of the Wall Street Journal” survey conducted every year.

   One factor that has helped make this registration smoother is the option of paying online. For students with zero balances, they were also able to finalize their bill without making a special trip to the campus. 

   “This semester we had 120 students use the Facts Tuition Management program to pay their bill. The FACTS management program allows students to pay for their bill through monthly installments. Fall 2004 we had 111 students use Facts. This is an 8.1 percent increase from the previous semester,” said Lindy Hester, assistant controller.

   Hester also received feedback from students via e-mail in which one student, who is a distance learner, was impressed with the ease of not having to travel to Monticello just to sign a piece of paper. 

   For students not using the FACTS online bill paying system, another option was created through the new version of Campus Connect.

  “A total of 117 students finalized their bills online through this system,” Hester said.

   The number of students attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello, which includes the Crossett and McGehee campuses, this semester compared to the fall registration is down by 212 students.  This is a normal pattern for colleges which can be attributed to students graduating in December, moving back home or changing colleges.  

   Eubanks worked with several students who took advantage of the one-on-one contact with advisors to declare majors, obtain degree audits or simply ask questions, by stopping by to make sure they were prepared for this semester.

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The Voice, 2005
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