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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Course Schedule

In a continued effort to pleasantly surprise some students and crush others’ hopes and dreams, the administration  keeps the emotional train rolling with an email from Associate Registrar Paul Turenne on Pre-Registration, Adjustment, and various other terms that Kanye West rejected for album names.

If you take a look at the “Fall 2012 Pre-Registration” link from your student portfolio, you’ll see how many courses  you got scheduled in the initial round of pre-reg. The next round is Adjustment, when you revise your schedule according to availability and scheduling conflicts. The adjustment system is a Robin Hood-esque way to level the course schedule playing field: if you were only placed in one of the four courses you initially signed up for, you will get the first opportunity to choose from courses that are still available. Adjustment for the first group begins Wednesday, April 18, at 8 am.

Click on to read the full email from Mr. Turenne, who has nicely included a “Strategies and Tips” section but sadly excluded ice for the burn that I received upon reading the message. Does Wesleyan even know that I attend this school? Just sayin’.

New American Studies Class!

American Studies majors, rejoice! Or don’t. Here are the deets for AMST 287 POI Service Learning Course:

This seminar explores critical traditions in education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We investigate a number of non-traditional educational projects, with a focus on the Center for Prison Education’s (CPE) college in prison initiative. All students will participate in a CPE practicum which will be central to our work, requiring ethnographic research and reflection on teaching, learning, and curriculum development. All students in the seminar will also participate in weekly workshops as part of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education at Cheshire Correctional Institution.

Pre-registration, whoo!

Want to get into a course where majors suck up all the available seats? Are you a sophomore trying to get into a course reserved for upperclassmen? Fear not. I received this helpful information from our awesome registrar, Anna van der Burg, this morning:

When a course has zero seats for your class year you may still put the course in your plan. Do not however make it your number one choice. The scheduling program adheres to the seat allocations when it schedules first choices, but after that it will if there are seats left over distribute them to the zero seat allocation categories.

Let’s take Econ 354 (Institutions) as an example. There are 25 seats available, 10 for senior majors and 15 for senior non-majors. Suppose you’re a junior major interested in taking the class. Obviously, don’t put it as your #1 choice, since there are 0 seats reserved for junior majors. But you can put it in your “A” and/or “B” column (beginning at spot #2) and still be considered by the scheduling program, despite the 0 seats initially allocated for junior majors.

Um… Pre-registration is broken?

EDIT: So, yeah, it’s back up. Yeah, I missed getting into a class because it was screwed up too. Good luck with your schedule.

So far as I can tell, WesMaps thinks it’s drop/add time for our current schedules, instead of adjustment-period time for next semester’s schedules. Adjustment period starts for the first batch of people in twenty minutes… Is anyone else having this problem?