By EBONY STOGLIN
The Pima Community College Faculty Senate is still pushing to eliminate late registration despite setbacks.
The Faculty Senate first voted to eliminate late registration, except with faculty approval, on Feb. 1, 2013.
The group had hoped the new rule would go into effect for the Fall 2014 semester.
Due to delays, the Senate is now focusing on the Spring 2015 semester and is in the process of taking the issue to the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
West Campus sociology instructor and Faculty Senate member MaryKris Mcilwaine is in favor of the concept.
“Quite often, instructors present the most fundamental and important material in the earliest lessons of the course,” she said in an email.
“Students who are not in attendance in the earliest days of a course, then, miss out on getting their first (sometimes only) exposure to the basics of the course material and thus they are much, much less likely to be beginning the course on the right foot,” she added.
An internal study conducted by Pima in Fall 2012 found approximately 80 percent of students who registered on-time passed their courses with a “C” or better. Approximately 51 percent of late-register students completed their courses with a “C” or better.
However, students offer a different perspective on the issue.
Alec Moreno, student government president at West Campus, said he knows that restricting late registration may unintentionally hinder students.
“Sometimes emergencies happen,” he said. “There are also incidents when financial aid doesn’t process on time.”
Faculty Senate President Joe Labuda said that he understands both sides of the issue, but sympathizes with instructors.
“They felt like it was best for the student body as a whole,” he said.