By Megan Hrynio
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Learning that a class that a student registered for is getting dropped is an inconvenience, but when it is a required course to graduate, it leaves students wondering whether or not they will be able to graduate on time. The issue rarely plagues students, but when it does, it can affect the remainder of their time at Camden County College.
In Alyssa Cerezo’s case, it was a food and nutrition class that got dropped this semester because of lack of enrollment the Friday before classes began. The one-credit health course is required to take for the nursing major, and all other majors, to graduate in May.
“When a class is cancelled, they call you and tell you that you can register for other available classes on WebAdvisor. The problem was that I was already registered for the semester and had my schedule laid out,” Cerezo recalled.
Dealt with very little time, Cerezo had few options to find an alternative class to enroll in before the semester began and was worried that she would not be able to graduate and transfer to a four-year college in the fall.
“I was fortunate enough that there were still spots open in classes with such a late notice,” Cerezo said.
With Cerezo now on track to graduate, another question is posed – what exactly does a student do to graduate on time if no other sections of a class are available? Linda Drexel, the assistant dean of enrollment services, said a student has three different options to consider when the issue arises, but assured that the college does everything in its power to refrain from dropping classes.
“The college cannot offer sections below a certain seat count, typically eight to 10 students. That being said, if a course is cancelled and there are no other sections, the student should speak to the chair or coordinator of their program to determine if there is a substitution that can be made or if the course can be taken as an independent study,” Drexel stated.
Drexel explained that to substitute a course, students must receive signed permission from the chair or coordinator of their program. An independent study must be approved by the chair of the student’s program and the student is then taught by a faculty member who teaches the course throughout the semester.
“A student can walk in graduation with up to 12 credits remaining, with the intention of completing those courses in the summer, but would not officially graduate or receive their diploma until all of the requirements of the degree have been met,” Drexel stated.
The college is taking steps to further assist students whose courses are dropped and is attempting to prevent classes from getting dropped.
“The college is in the process of working with faculty to code all of the courses offered with the semester of offer. We are hoping that this information will help students as they plan for graduation,” Drexel said.