The Case for On-Time Registration

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In the past decade, the policy of late registration—allowing students to continue registering during the first week (or more) of class—has come under scrutiny in the community college field. Advocates for late registration have argued for continuing this decades-old aspect of community college culture based on access and revenues. By keeping the doors open one more week beyond the deadline, colleges increase opportunities for more students to enroll in college, and more students mean more revenue from increased FTE or ADA.

These arguments have held sway without question until very recently, when an increasing number of colleges, along with several larger research studies, have identified late registration as a barrier to student success. Findings from a recent survey of community college CEOs suggest that late registration is on the decline and may be disappearing as a common practice.

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