Pacific Union College now offers students an alternative when registering for upcoming classes. Via PUC’s new online registration system, students may pre-select their courses from any computer with internet access. Due to the success of the new program—which is more convenient for both students and teachers—faculty and staff are engaging students in a discussion to determine whether or not online registration will eventually replace the arena registration traditionally held in Pacific Auditorium at the beginning of each school year.
“I loved being able to register online,” says Vidah Otieno, a junior at PUC. “I didn’t have to wait in line or walk all over campus looking for teachers. I could sit in my room and still get what I wanted.” Faculty advisers are available to students via telephone and students are encouraged to visit their professors for any reason.
Due to the new registration process, arriving at a conclusive enrollment total is taking longer than in previous years. Preliminary calculations—which will remain flexible for several weeks—indicate that Pacific Union College begins the 2001-2002 school year with a slightly lower enrollment than last year. The drop is minor, however, when compared to the school’s long-standing average of more than 1600 students.
The number of residence hall students has risen by 20 and statistics from previous years indicate that the overall head count will probably increase. PUC’s growing Center for Continuing and Professional Education, which offers off-campus degrees in business management and early childhood education, as well as teacher credentialing, posted a gain of 29 students.