Kathy Corely of the Registrar’s office is excited about students being able to register for classes online through MyStephens for next semester. She has been working closely with IT to introduce this feature, which is one of many availablethrough the system that Stephens purchased in July 2009.
The first feature introduced to students was the ability to see grades online. When it was first used, students could not see grades as professors updated them. They could only view their report cards at the end of each semester.
The business graduate program was the first to register online for classes. After that turned out to be successful, the rest of the graduate programs used the online system. Next, online students used the system, and finally, the residential students get to test it out.
Freshman dance major, Elizabeth Skelly, has never registered for classes online and believes she would be more comfortable with bringing her schedule to the Registrar and registering through them personally, as she has done in the past.
“It’s probably just me because I am unfortunately technologically challenged. I think it’s more inconvenient, but maybe after doing it once, it will be easier,” Skelly said.
Senior fashion marketing major, Erin Ewy, had no problems registering for classes online for the first time.
“It was easy to use and convenient for my schedule. I was able to add all of the classes that I wanted, and my advisor approved them right away,” Ewy said.
Corely and the rest of the Registrar’s office have been working to make the online registration process as simple as possible for students. Corely sent a campus-wide email complete with step-by-step instructions on the process.
Corely also wants students to know that there are still reasons to visit the Registrar including override forms, adjusting credit hours and permission to take classes without the necessary prerequisites. \
Even though students may be skeptical of the new process, the old registration system was outdated and due for a change.
“All change, even good change, can be a bit stressful,” Corely said.