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[OFFICIAL-L] Multiple-term Registration

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to share with you an exciting new student-centered high-impact practice that Wright State will be adopting: Multiple-term Registration.

This new initiative is in partnership with the Office of the Provost, Enrollment Management, the Registrar’s Office, and the Division of Student Success, and after lengthy conversations with the Senate Executive Committee and chairs of the two university curriculum committees. This registration process has been adopted by many other universities, including a number of our Ohio peers.

It is our goal that by adopting this process, students' ability to plan their progress will be improved and we will see improvements in our retention rates.

Multiple-term Registration will allow students to register for an entire academic year at one time. Each March, registration will open for fall and spring simultaneously, allowing students to enroll in either or both semesters.

At this time, we will not be including Summer Semester in this process.

What are the benefits?

  • Provides students with the option to plan both their academic and personal
  • Schedules two semesters at a time
  • Improves fall to spring retention
  • Improves the advising experience
  • Provides more time for outreach to students who are not enrolled for both semesters
  • Offers a more seamless integrated student experience
  • Encourages completion of a degree in a more reasonable amount of time by providing a comprehensive look at an academic year, thus allowing for optimal credit hour scheduling
  • Promotes students to see the long-term plan**
  • Allows faculty to plan their professional and personal schedules for the whole year**
  • Provides the registrar with additional time to map demand to capacity**

**"How can multi-term registration fix course bottlenecks?”

Multiple-term Registration will result in some changes to current deadlines in the curriculum approvals process.

Of particular note, February 6 is the due date for course modification proposals. These proposals must make it through all steps in the process and should be to the registrar by this date.

This deadline is necessary to implement significant course modifications before fall/spring registration goes live on March 6.

Significant course modifications include changes to the following: credit hours, title, description, student learning outcomes, prerequisites, corequisites, enrollment restrictions, repeat limits/rules, integrated writing designation, and Wright State Core designation.

Additional information on Multi-term Registration and scheduling and curriculum deadlines for this year are available on the Registrar’s Office website.

To assist with this transition, proposals in Curriculog will no longer be purged from the system annually, as is the current practice. Faculty will now have two years to see proposals through the approvals process before proposals are removed. This modification will assist with the development and review process.

We realize this is a change from past practice, but the literature shows that Multiple-term Registration greatly benefits students and optimally improves our student’s persistence and ultimately successful degree completion.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Amy Thompson, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan Schaurer
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success