As of this morning, our fall enrollment is 24,300. The official census count will be taken at the end of the day on September 11. Please make every effort to ensure that all students attending fall courses are registered in Banner so they can be accurately reflected in our census counts.
The Faculty Senate approved a policy requiring instructors to provide the last date of recorded attendance or last date of academic activity when assigning all grades of "E" or "X". When entering fall semester grades, instructors will be prompted to enter a last date of attendance before grades can be submitted. In cases where the student does not come to even one class session or does not complete any work, the first day of the semester should be used.
Reaching out to students who are having difficulty early on in the semester is an important step in improving retention. Advisors are there to offer assistance and support to students who are struggling, but they typically are not aware of what is happening in the class room. We rely on instructors reporting first work grades, midterm grades and students not attending in GoWMU as a means of identifying at risk students.
In the Spring 2012 semester first work grades were reported in only 7% of the sections offered and only 14% of instructors reported a student not attending. We would like to see a much higher rate of participation in these activities this semester. Please encourage instructors to submit a first work grade by October 1, a midterm grade by October 28, and report any students not attending class.
The One Stop Convenience Center continues this week. One Stop is located on the second floor of the Bernhard Center in the West Ball Room. Several offices are on hand to assist students including:
One Stop will be open today through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
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