01 février 2014

Capturing the Wouldas

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. Has anyone out there figured out how to quantify the number of students who would have signed up for a given class if seats were available?
We don’t have a system for waiting lists, which would be the most obvious way.  I’m told, by people who have worked in places that had waiting lists, that they’re nightmares to manage.  Apparently, when the waitlists are automated, students will game the system by signing up for far more classes than they actually intend to take, and then cobbling together the most amenable schedule they can at the last minute.  As a result, the waitlists are full of people who don’t really mean it. And if you put them in automatically and force them to back out again when they’re clogging the system, you create a manual processing nightmare in financial aid. Read more...

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