What you need to know before registering for Spring 2021

Spring course schedule is released; registration will open at the end of October. Photo credit: Anna Panek

The course schedule for spring was released on Monday, Sept. 28 and can be viewed on eservices. Registration for students begins at the end of October.

All courses that were scheduled to be offered this spring, will be offered. However, as usual, there have been changes as to how many sections of each course will be offered due to changes in enrollment.

Courses will be offered in similar formats as the fall semester. The breakdown of formats is as follows: completely in-person (24%), hybrid (32%), hyflex (5%), online synchronous (19%), and online asynchronous (20%).

The breakdown looks a little different than fall semester simply for that fact that MINNSTATE changed the definition of what hybrid means. Many courses got their format label shifted from hybrid to online synchronous.

Formats of delivery are not set in stone due to the nature of the pandemic and ever changing circumstances. It is very likely that there will be times where students or instructors will have to quarantine and not be able to attend classes on campus. The flexibility of delivery formats will allow students and instructors to still be present in the courses, even if they are in quarantine.

Daniel Gregory, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, explained three other reasons why formats of delivery may change during the spring semester.

“Not every department has submitted their spring [delivery formats], there are always adjustments based on enrollment, and the University is constantly adjusting to whether our faculty can teach or not if they were to become ill,” explained Gregory.

That being said, Gregory reassured that students would be given advance notice to any changes in course delivery.

“Once a student’s life gets structured, it can be very disruptive to change that structure,” reassured Gregory.

Some schools and colleges within St. Cloud State have higher levels of online and in-person course deliveries. For example, the Herberger Business School has a higher percentage of completely online courses due to the requests of their students, whereas the College of Science and Engineering has more in-person course delivery options due to the nature of lab courses.

Before registering for classes, students should meet with their advisor, talk with their professors, and/or reach out to the Advising and Student Transitions. For students who are not able to get in contact with their advisor, or do not receive a response, they should contact the chair of the department. The chair will be able to help with advising.

“It is really okay to not know what you want to do,” said Gregory. “You are trying to make a decision before you really know what your options are. . . . There may be options you have never heard of.”

Roughly 10-15% of students switch major at some point. Talking with your advisor, talking with professors of classes you are currently taking and enjoying, or even reaching out to the student relation directors in the college or school can all be helpful in the decision project. The best advice for students who are undecided is to ask questions.

Signing up for classes can be stressful, and likely the delivery plan for courses is not what anyone had in mind. Students who are feeling isolated or simply need to talk to someone should reach out to a professor, their community advisor if they live in a residence hall, or contact Counseling and Psychological Services.

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Anna Panek

Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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