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How to Avoid Closed Courses

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How to Avoid Closed Courses
By Erica Fisher, Student Engagement and Advising Center, Fort Hays State University

One of the great things about FHSU is early pre-enrollment for virtual students.  Pre-enrollment for virtual students typically occurs a full week before on-campus students.  However, many virtual students don't take advantage of this perk, and miss out on early pre-enrollment.  Nothing is more frustrating for a student then trying to pre-enroll and finding that all their needed courses are closed.  This situation can be avoided by following the steps below:

1.  Know when you can pre-enroll.  The Registrar's Office provides an Academic Calendar for each semester that lists the opening date for pre-enrollment.  This calendar also includes information on enrollment deadlines, financial aid release, withdrawal deadlines, and more!  Start your semester off right by plugging these dates into your personal calendar.  You can also check your date by logging into TigerEnroll and selecting the semester you wish to pre-enroll in.

2.  Schedule a pre-enrollment appointment with your advisor.  It is important to discuss course options for the upcoming semester with your advisor.   This helps to ensure that you are taking courses in the proper order while adhering to pre-requisites.  It is also an excellent time to discuss academic progress and academic/career goals.  This meeting should be held at least a couple weeks before pre-enrollment begins.  You will find your academic advisor's contact information in TigerTracks.  Once you've logged in, click on the "Online Services tab," and then on "Advisor Information" under the "Academic & Career Advising" heading.

3.  Pre-enroll on your designated day in TigerEnroll.  Do not put this off.  Once pre-enrollment begins, courses fill up extremely fast!  It's important to pre-enroll on your designated day in order to avoid missing out on the courses you need.  Make sure you complete all the necessary steps in TigerEnroll.  Are you a first time user of TigerEnroll?  If so, FHSU offers step-by-step instructions as well as video demos.

4.  Finalize and pay for your enrollment.  Be sure to complete this step.  The deadline for finalizing your enrollment is typically a couple of weeks before the semester begins.  You can find the deadline on the Academic Calendar.  Instructions for finalizing your enrollment in TigerEnroll can be found on the AACE website.

5.  Order your textbooks.  To order books, go to the FHSU Bookstore website at fhsu.bkstr.com OR select "Order Textbooks" from inside TigerEnroll on the "Pre-enrollment/Schedule Changes" tab.  You are able to purchase new or used books (subject to availability), and, in most cases, will be able to sell books back at the end of the semester by following specific instructions outlined on the FHSU Bookstore site. The bookstore also offers a rental option. Please remember to order your books early so you will have them before classes begin!

Sometimes life happens, and the pre-enrollment date slips by before a student can pre-enroll.  If you find yourself in this situation, there is another option:  the TigerEnroll Wait List.  If a seat in a course opens up, the next student in line on the Wait List will be offered that spot.  To add yourself to the Wait List, please view our video demo or speak with your academic advisor.

Remember, the easiest way to avoid closed classes is to pre-enroll on your designated day.  You can view your pre-enrollment day in TigerEnroll or on the Academic Calendar.  When in doubt, contact your academic advisor!

Fort Hays State continues to gain national recognition

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Recognition of Fort Hays State University's online offerings as among the best in the country have continued to come since January's U.S. News & World Report published their rankings. Those rankings placed FHSU as the top Kansas school, and one of the elite schools in the country, for its education programs offered through the Virtual College.

Fort Hays State University's online degrees, offered through the Virtual College, were recognized in January by U.S. News & World Report as the top online programs in Kansas and among the very best offered in the United States, have again been recognized for excellence. Most recently, FHSU ranked No. 5 nationally for Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans, No. 16 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans, and No. 17 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans.

FHSU's Virtual College offers 27 bachelor's degree programs and 14 master's degree programs online. Many offer multiple concentrations so students can choose the course work that best meets their needs.

"These rankings are important independent confirmations of the excellent value -- very high quality and low cost -- of our Virtual College offerings here at Fort Hays State," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College.

"Since we invest our money to raise quality in our academic programs and to keep tuition low rather than buy a college bowl game, or buy a bus and travel the country with our name across the side of it, or spend a fortune on national media advertising, it's wonderful to get this kind of recognition and affirmation from entities like U.S. News and the other ranking agencies."

Another recent recognition came from the National Council on Teacher Quality, in its 2014 Teacher Prep Review. On campus as well as online, FHSU ranked No. 3 in the nation for Elementary Education and No. 12 in Secondary Education. FHSU ranked No. 1 among all schools in Kansas.

The university's undergraduate secondary education programs were the top in the NCTQ's Midwest Region, comprised of the 12 states from Ohio to Kansas, north to North Dakota and east to Michigan.

In yet another ranking, FHSU was named one of five colleges among the least expensive in the United States in an article in USA Today. That article listed FHSU as fifth least expensive. The USA Today report was based on affordability ratings from Online U (www.onlineu.org) and rankings of online programs by The Best Colleges (www.thebestcolleges.org).

OnlineU.org, a website created by SR Education Group, Kirkland, Wash., this month issued an expanded ranking FHSU's early childhood education degrees No. 2 most affordable in the nation. Teaching degrees generally were ranked as No. 4 most affordable in the country. In February, OnlineU found that FHSU was the second-most popular college in Kansas based on a study written on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Overall, FHSU is also in the top five in OnlineU's rankings in counseling, human resources, IT and computer science, and nursing, and is among the organization's top five in the nation overall.

TheBestSchools.org, in May recognized FHSU’s B.S. in Business Administration and the M.B.A. in Tourism and Hospitality Management as Wise Choices for affordability and quality. These degrees scored high for transferability of credits, comprehensive curriculum covering key aspects of business theories and practices and, for the M.B.A., the ability to take time off for personal reasons and come back to finish.

In March, the online M.B.A. program at FHSU (the program has 11 concentration possibilities) was ranked a "Best Buy" and placed No. 13 out of 124 colleges assessed by GetEducated.com.

On a local level, the university's home city came in for praise from a news site published by Movoto Real Estate, a national real estate brokerage licensed in more than 30 states. Movoto listed Hays as the third-most exciting place to live in Kansas, based on nightlife, live music venues per capita, parks, outdoor activities, availability of arts and entertainment, percentage (higher is better) of restaurants that are not fast food, and percentage (higher is better) of residents age 18 to 34 (Hays came in at 37 percent). No. 1 was Manhattan, No. 2 was Lawrence.

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