SGA president pushes for transparent registration

Registration will have a new face this semester. Because of a new federal act and a twinkle in Student Government Association (SGA) President Kofi Mensah’s eye, students will have access to ISBN number and prices of required books and possibly syllabuses before they register for classes in November. “I want students to know ‘Okay, I am taking four history classes, how many of them are going to have five writing assignments? Can I handle all of those? How many of them will have five exams in the course,'” Mensah said. “This way students don’t overload themselves with certain classes that they will want to take, but maybe not at the same time.”    Mensah said he believes that this change — in combination with the recently passed Higher Education Opportunity Act, a law making it mandatory for public universities to make textbook information available — will help lower the number of students who drop classes. “It would be great,” first year Christine Lanoue said. “I think it would make it easier for students to access their classes and keep themselves organized and just figure things out more easily.” The SGA’s Academic Affairs Committee will work with the Faculty Senate to see how the process can be completed in the next two months, by the week before students return from Thanksgiving break to register for classes, Mensah said. “It has been brought up with a few of the administrators, such as Jane Knodell and Gary Derr,” Mensah said. “I had a meeting with them earlier on in the week and we spoke to them about it, so they are aware that it is one of the intentions of SGA this year.” Mensah said that he has seen no opposition to making syllabuses available from students, professors or administration. The SGA will also be looking into making professor evaluations available, he said. “It is in the beginning stages,” Mensah said. “We want to know if there is any way that students, aside from using various known websites such as ratemyprofessor.com, can see what other students are saying about professors on campus,” Mensah said. “I don’t know what the possibility of that is for next semester… but that is something that is going to be on the radar for this year.”