Simplifying TigerWeb and Class Selection

Dylan Dellisanti ’14

As our seniors move into their final semester, their past class schedules were audited to ensure that they could graduate in May. For some seniors, this audit process turned stressful as schedules had to be jumbled and shuffled to make sure they had met every core requirement. While students should make every effort to make sure their schedules meet the core requirements, this process could be made easier: when students sign-up for classes on Tiger Web, each class could have a note that clarifies which core requirements that class fills. This change, though small could make the planning decisions of students much easier.
It is not uncommon to hear students debate whether or not a course fulfills a certain core requirement, especially since some classes have more ambiguous subject-matter that doesn’t appear to neatly fit into the core requirement descriptions. To simply do away with this ambiguity, the course description pages on Tiger Web could also include the core requirements that class fulfills. If any ambiguity still happens to exist, then the student could – as he would normally – consult his advisor or the department chair. This system should make signing up for classes less stressful and confusing.
Some might criticize this system for removing the need to have advisors for students if students think they can depend on the course descriptions rather than their professors. However, this system could actually allow students and advisors to spend less time worrying about audits and ensuring that all the core requirements are fulfilled, and more time discussing subjects like career plans, academic problems, or even just getting to know each other better. Indeed, students in recent years have bemoaned the perceived lack of faculty presence on campus, relative to past generations. This system would be by no means a panacea for this alleged problem, but could be a step toward mitigating it.
Hopefully, detailing which core requirements a class fulfills on Tiger Web would not be a task too difficult for faculty or administration to implement, because it could have the effect of precluding minor inconveniences that amount to long-term problems for students. Moreover, most meetings between students and advisors deal with class schedules and ensuring that the student is fulfilling all of his core requirements. A simpler system could entail that students and advisors would have to spend less time going over class schedules and more time discussing weightier issues like life goals.

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