Students will encounter extra reminders and resources this month encouraging them to sign up for spring 2019 classes at Northern Illinois University.
NIU is leveraging a new go.niu.edu/register webpage, social media, postcards, emails, mobile messaging, and print and digital signage across campus to inform students enrollment starts the week of Nov. 5.
Did you know you can contribute to this effort as a staff or faculty member? According to Renique Kersh, associate vice provost for Student Engagement and Success, a little encouragement to a student you know personally can make all the difference.
“Research tells us that students respond to faculty and staff who they have developed a relationship with,” Kersh said. “Leverage the connections that you have developed with student workers, students in your classes, students who you coach, support or advise, undergraduate research assistants and others.”
You can learn registration dates and find a list of advisors and other resources on the registration landing page.
By taking these actions, you can help students stay on track to graduate:
“Remember that not every student is familiar with the process or fully understands the importance of getting registered earlier rather than later,” said Kersh. “We have an opportunity to influence enrollment behaviors and expectations.”
Students who register early have a better chance of getting into the classes they need, and because they are enrolled, they are more likely to qualify for scholarships and other financial aid.
“We all have a role we can play in encouraging students to get registered for classes,” Kersh added. “The earlier students get registered, the better able we are to project curricular needs and budgetary considerations—but most importantly, the more likely students are to be successful over the long term.”