The semester is coming to an end and along with it comes the beginning of the chaotic class registration process. This semester upper classmen and lower classmen alike are feeling the pains of the overcrowded, over populated, small-classroom-space campus. But not everyone is feeling the pain.
Honors students, Associated Students of University of La Verne and Campus Activities Board all got to wake up bright and early on the first day of registration and waltz right into their classes.
It did not matter what class standing they were, it did not matter how many units they had taken.
This select group of students obviously did something significant to receive this luxury.
Honors students awed the University by achieving great academic accolades in high school. But once they are in the honors program they should have to continue to receive outstanding grades, B’s or higher, at least. The standard for them should be higher than taking certain courses and attending on campus events. If they do not maintain a high GPA, they should be kicked out of the program and stripped of the privilege of early registration.
It would also be nice if there were a way to get into this program for the hard working students who maybe did not achieve the same academic success in high school, but have excelled at ULV.
ASULV and CAB provide a great service to the campus, but so do many other groups on campus. Debate, LeoFM, work-study students, and many more clubs and groups on campus contribute to the University to make it what it is. Professors have had to turn away juniors and seniors on the second day of registration. Many students are trying to graduate within the next two semesters, but are failing to get classes because they have filled up with underclassmen who get a privilege that many of us wish we had.
This issue is a consequence of over-crowding at the University, and administration seems to want to bring in even more students. So if nothing is being done about the over-crowding, can something be done about the unfair registration system? Students who have paid their tuition and have worked hard to become seniors and campus leaders should be rewarded just like honor students, CAB and ASULV members. Just because a second semester freshman may have helped put on a couple of events, that does not make him or her more deserving of priority registration than someone who has racked up more than 100 units and paid four years worth of tuition.
There is a large population of students who work hard to get a good registration date. A registration schedule based on units completed and class standing would be ideal in a system that has already lied about small class sizes.