The University registrar will release a new registration system for spring 2021, based on the number of credits students have earned. The new model was originally planned for fall 2020 registration, but faculty and students raised concerns over inequity and logistics.
Students are randomly assigned to registration blocks every 15 minutes in the current model. The block the student was assigned to was based on terms in residence, which was a point of frustration for transfer students who had previous credits but had later registration blocks.
The new registration blocks will be three hours long now, with 800 students in each one. In the first wave, students will be able to register for 12 credit hours, and in the second wave will be able to register for up to 18 and waitlist up to four.
The registration block will also be assigned based on earned credit hours, not terms in residence.
“We want to build some transparency and clarity on how appointments are assigned,” Mieke Lynch, transformation manager on the Operational Excellence team, said.
But a UNC faculty member, who The Daily Tar Heel granted anonymity to discuss information that had not been publicly released, raised concerns over inequity that would last throughout college due to the earned credit hour model. In the initial meeting where the registration model was presented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit was mentioned as a source of earned credit hours.
“Incoming first-years who come from high schools with large AP programs will maintain advantage through the entire registration process over the course of four years,” the member said.
The faculty member said they were shocked at how rushed the process was, and that students and faculty weren’t involved until the very end. At the time, the registration process was expected to roll out for fall 2020 registration.
“They were moving pretty hastily without getting a whole lot of feedback,” the member said.