Dixie State University students can now register for their classes with an app available on most electronic devices.
DSU academic advisers want to make the registration process as quick and easy as possible, said Michael Olson, director of academic advisement. That’s why he said they paired up with the Ellucian GO app.
The free app allows students to add classes to a cart, and those classes will be queued until registration opens. Then with a tap of a button, students will be registered for all their queued classes. It is similar to online shopping, Olson said.
Olson said the two best resources for students to use to find out about which classes they need are degree works on myDixie and their adviser. Then when registration opens, they will be prepared.
“Our goal is to ensure that we keep students on track,” Olson said. “We want to make sure students get through school as efficiently as possible.”
Samantha Turpin, a senior nursing major from Riverton, said she uses myDixie to see how far along she is in her degree, but she rarely meets with her adviser because she said she feels she gets enough information online.
Turpin said she applied for an anatomy class last semester and didn’t get in because the class was already full.
“My [adviser] helps me ensure that I can get into my classes,” said Ginger Elmer, a senior physical sciences major from Bryce Canyon City. “Just in case, for some reason, I can’t get into the class, [my adviser] helps me look at other classes as a backup plan.”
Elmer said she always meets with her adviser before registering to make sure she is sticking to the classes that are required for her degree.
Advisers are offering incentives for students to meet with them prior to the registration deadline this year.
If students meet with their adviser before their registration deadline, their adviser will give them a code that allows them to register three hours before registration normally opens. Also, the first 500 students who can prove to an adviser the week after Thanksgiving they are registered for spring 2017 classes will receive a free t-shirt. If students wear those shirts on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, they will be eligible to win a gift card to the campus bookstore.
“Your academic adviser is going to be able to tell you [about classes] and help you understand other things you don’t know about,” Olson said. “We want students to stay on track, and we are willing to help in any way possible. We just need students to take the initiative to come see us.”
Registration opens for seniors Monday, juniors Tuesday, sophomores Wednesday, and all students Thursday.