Welcome center set to open May 21.
By Richard Montemayor
A concern over degree audits, which determine if students are eligible to graduate, needs to be cleared, Martin Ortega, director of admissions, told College Council Tuesday.
“I met specifically with (psychology Chair Thomas E.) Billimek, regarding some of the issues and concerns that he had with regards to the information that he was receiving,” Ortega said.
At last month’s College Council meeting Billimek expressed concern over degree audits, which determine if students are eligible to graduate.
He said it didn’t make sense for students who are graduating to apply both online and on a paper form.
He asked if there is a simpler way when students are applying online that could identify their major and send that information to the appropriate department.
Ortega said that summer registration at this college was down. Currently, summer registration is at 5,759 students, compared to last year with 9,760 students.
Fall registration is now open at this college for current students who have completed more than 46 hours.
So far, 773 students have registered for fall classes, Ortega said. He said this college is going to recommend that the Admissions and Records Subcommittee develop frequently-asked questions for registration and time ticketing, or the schedule of registration sign-ups and deadlines.
President Robert Vela said during Tuesday’s buildings, grounds and sites committee of the board of trustees that the welcome center is set to open May 21.
“There are some minor things that we are doing in there to make sure that we are loading the new technology,” Vela said. Vela said the tech store is part of phase 2.
“Even though it is ready to go, we are still having to make adjustments and waiting for final approval from Apple Inc. to ensure that we can become an Apple authorized store,” Vela said.
Ortega let the council know that the commencement ceremony for this year’s graduates is set for 10 a.m. May 9 at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.
“The ceremony will start at 10 a.m.,” Ortega said. “However the procession will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., because with the number of students that we have, it does take us a good 30 to 45 minutes to process a thousand-plus students, which we will be at by the time that day comes.”
This college has 900 students who have picked up their caps and gowns.
“We are sending out another notice to students who did fill out an application for graduation to remind them that they can still pick up their cap and gown,” Ortega said.
However students who did not pick up their cap and gown before the deadline of April 10 will not have their names appear in the graduation program, Ortega said.
“Enrollment services is scheduled to have a meeting on April 15 with the office of technology services to work on enhancing information that department chairs receive for students who have applied for graduation,” Ortega said.
Katherine Garcia contributed to this story.