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Course registration moves inside GoWMU

Feb. 11, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University President Judith I. Bailey ceremonially launched the new GoWMU course registration system today at the Bronco Mall Center Stage in the Bernhard Center.

Bailey outlined the benefits of GoWMU for the campus community. She said it will greatly improve the university's ability to provide personalized services for current and future students, as well as WMU faculty and staff. Course registration is the first self-serve feature in GoWMU. In the months ahead, dozens of other self-serve options will become available for students, faculty and staff.

During Bailey's remarks, Erica Stout, a junior occupational therapy major, demonstrated the new system using a laptop computer with wireless connection to the Internet. The process was projected on a large screen for the benefit of the audience. Stout is one of two student-members of the GoWMU Advisory Board and has been involved in developing the project since it was announced by Bailey one year ago.

The new course registration system becomes active at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, when students will "GoWMU" to register for summer session classes.

GoWMU is the university's new intranet portal. Beginning with the 2005 summer sessions, the only way to register for courses is through GoWMU. Registration for fall semester 2005 begins March 14.

Students can link to the login page by clicking on the GoWMU logo on the university home page. To enter GoWMU, students need to have their Bronco NetID (user name) and password.

In addition to students, every faculty and staff member has a Bronco NetID and password. There is help information available on the login page for those who don't know and those who have forgotten their Bronco NetID or password.

Once inside GoWMU, students will go to the Student Services tab to find links for registration. Students will see improvements when they begin the registration process. The system will check for duplicate courses and will not allow registration for different sections of the same course, nor will it allow registration in multiple courses in the same time block.

All course numbers now have four digits. A zero has been added to the end of previous course numbers, so Accounting 210 is now Accounting 2100.

One critical change compared to past practices involves "linked courses," for example, a lecture that carries the letter grade, but has a "linked lab" that is needed to fulfill the course requirement. When registering for a lecture with a linked lab, students must register for both at the same time, or an error will occur, and the student must begin registration again.

The system also enforces co-requisites. As with linked courses, students must enroll in co-requisites at the same time.

Instructions for course registration through GoWMU are available on the Office of the Registrar Web site as a PDF file. <www.wmich.edu/registrar/pdf/reginstructions.pdf>

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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