Editorial: New schedule, aged problems

As the semester zooms by, the frantic inevitability of class registration looms around the corner. Scrambling to get all the classes you need can be an overwhelming process that seems to come more quickly with every passing term.

The class selection grid has been completely re-lettered and formatted for this coming fall. The re-lettering of class periods will improve the clarity of schedules, yet there is still a pesky overlap that could prove to be problematic for some students.

The new schedule will have all class time periods on the grid itself, unlike our system where nearly a third of the classes offered aren’t allotted an actual letter, such as a Tuesday/Thursday night class that meets from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will prove to be less confusing during the registration process.

While it seems as though the issue of conflicting classes has been addressed in the new changes, such as adjusting the start times of certain night classes from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there are still some concerns of overlapping in the new schedule.

According to Dr. Jonathan Millen, the associate dean of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences, there will be classes that run simultaneously at different lengths. This may cause problems for students who need certain classes to graduate but cannot fulfill that requirement because these classes run alongside other classes they have. If there must be some kind of overlap, it should be classes for different majors, so there are fewer conflicts.

With all changes come growing pains, and the new schedule layout is no exception. Students may be confused at first, but could find the new schedule to be just what Rider needs.

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.

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