A.S. Senate discusses reworking of enrollment policy

Kristopher A. Fortin

Daily Sundial
During the Associated Students' (A.S.) meeting, Director of Admissions and Records Eric Forbes came to clarify future plans for CSUN's adding and dropping system. Photo Credit: Katie Chavarin / Staff Photographer

Eric Forbes, director of Admissions and Records, and Dr. Maureen Rubin, director of Undergraduate Studies expanded on the reasons why a resolution to separate add and drop deadlines would have little effect on students at Tuesday’s Associated Students (A.S.) Senate meeting.

The resolution would have moved up the drop date three days, and kept the add dates the same so students could have three days beyond the drop date to add classes.

“It’s really having an affect on math/science major,” said. Yasmin Nadershahi, Science and Math Senator I.

“We are agreeing with you totally, but . . . it’s technical problems,” Forbes said.

Solar, the current system used for admissions, can’t differentiate between add and drop schedules, Forbes said.

“I’m not sure we can ever see your ideal happen, but we want that,” Forbes said.

As an alternative, Forbes said new software could be used to allow students to drop and add classes online during the last week with a permission number.

The technology was expected to arrive in 2009, Forbes said. The technology now is expected to arrive October 2011, and would be implemented in spring 2012.

Twenty-three other campuses are competing to use the software.

In the first two weeks of the fall semester, Forbes said 10,000 students dropped classes and 3,000 students dropped in the third week.

Starting this fall semester, students that drop 18 units worth of classes and receive a withdrawal will not be able to drop classes.

“These rules are forcing you to see what is best for you,” Rubin said.

People who repeat classes, Rubin said, will end up in the back of the line for registration.

If students drop a class for a medical reason they will not be charged to their 18-unit drop limit.

The senators spoke about the death of Dr. Lawrence Fleischer at the meeting, spurring some emotions.

“He’s the reason why I’m here, and half the people in deaf studies (are here),” said Macey Davis, Education Senator I and deaf studies major. Davis started to choke up during her announcement. The Issues of Deaf Community class that Fleischer taught Thursday’s was one class Davis had with him.

Davis met Fleischer four years ago when she was looking for which college to go to. Davis e-mailed Fleischer and he invited her to the campus where, she said, he showed her around campus and introduced her to the deaf community.

“I was sold from that point on,” Davis said.

“He is the Deaf Studies program,” said Leanne Vincent, coordinator for student leadership.

“I was one of the lucky students to have him as an educator, professor and leader. I was happy to have known him,” Davis said.

“He’s left his mark already, and he will be missed,” Tom Piernik, the A.S. university advisor said.

General Manager David Crandall was not at the meeting because he was attending an insurance conference. Vincent sat in for Crandall.