Registering restraints

Aug 252004
Authors: Jared McCabe

Many students have felt the squeeze of budget crunches when trying to register for classes this fall.

Waking up at 7 a.m. or staying on campus until after dark can be a frustrating trend as students try to get the classes they need to graduate.

Kevin Oltjenbruns, vice provost for undergraduate studies, said the administration is trying to add classes where it sees a need.

“My task over the year has been to infuse over $2.3 million from a central funding source … into classes we need to add to try to keep up with student demand,” Oltjenbruns wrote in an e-mail. ” College associate deans have worked hard to identify where particular bottlenecks have arisen (and) asked for funds. If we were able to grant them for certain courses, they have then worked with department heads to find capable faculty to teach them.”

Theo Facuse, a junior restaurant and resort management major, found registering for classes effortless.

“I registered the second week of August and had no problem finding the courses that I needed. I am taking senior-level classes and they were all easy to get into at the times that I wanted. I have no complaints about the registration. It has been easy to use successfully,” he said.

However, some students have still not found the necessary courses.

“There are not enough sections to register for. Even at the first day I was able to register for this semester, most of the classes I needed were already full,” said Eric Mokler, a junior open-option major. “Also, the classes are obviously overcrowded and, by extension, the professors are even less likely to (care) about individual students. It is infuriating.”

Frustration prevails among some students as larger classes and fewer sections are especially frustrating for students who choose CSU because of what they thought were smaller class sizes.

“I do feel that class sizes are becoming a big issue,” said Ben Goldstein, vice president of the Associated Students of CSU. “One of the reasons I chose CSU was because of professor-student interaction and I appreciate the small class sizes.”

While some students place the burden on CSU’s administration, Goldstein recognizes its efforts.

“I don’t fault the faculty or the university. I know that they are working hard to keep this a tier-one institution,” Goldstein said.

Still, he acknowledges the need to act on the situation immediately.

“We are at a critical junction in the state budget situation,” Goldstein said. “If changes are not made to increase the budget of Colorado State University, then we will see even further increases in class sizes and be forced to continue to do more with less.”

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