Around Campus: Countdown to priority spring registration

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010

With the upswing in enrollment at KPC, competition to get into required courses increases. Consequently, students have tuned into the fact that they need to be online at the moment registration opens, even if that means being up at one minute past midnight.

Priority registration for the spring semester opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 8 for admitted, degree-seeking students. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be admitted and degree-seeking.

General public web registration for the spring semester opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 15. With more than 115 online classes available in the spring semester, college is becoming more accessible to Peninsula residents.

The spring semester draft schedule can be searched from KPC's new website at

KRC/UAA nursing students selected

The next class of KPC/UAA nursing students has been selected and they will start the program in January. There were more than 40 applicants for 14 seats and once again, the nursing class at KRC is the most difficult class to get accepted into in the state.

To be accepted at KRC, students have to have high scores on the entry test and need high grade point averages; many accepted into the program have 4.0 GPAs and all have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Going even greener

In the spirit of sustainability, the Kenai River Campus will not print a course schedule for the upcoming spring semester. Over the past two years, the campus stopped bulk mailing schedules and only printed a small run of the schedules made available only on campus. With the addition of the searchable schedule on the new website to help students plan their schedule, along with the searchable UAOnline schedule that students must access to register for classes, it was decided to discontinue printing entirely. Inevitably there are changes to the schedule throughout the registration period and the information in the printed schedule was almost immediately inaccurate. The searchable schedule is updated every 24 hours directly from the university database to provide the most accurate information available.

Recently KPC Director Gary Turner announced that the college will be moving toward using all digitally signed electronic forms. About 90 percent of KPC's forms have undergone this conversion reducing paper consumption and increasing efficiency in processing the forms.

Recycling efforts continue to be expanded on campus with the facilities department having an onsite recycling dumpster to allow for separating recyclables. There are recycling containers next to each trash can throughout the classrooms and offices as well as in commons areas to encourage students and employees to make a conscious effort to participate in the greening of KPC.

KPC administrator selected as accreditation evaluator

Dr. Paula Martin, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, has been selected to be a peer evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. NWCCU is the higher education accrediting agency for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Martin will attend evaluator training this fall.

NWCCU recently conducted an accreditation visit at UAA and visited the Kenai River Campus. According to UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer, "Though we won't have the official draft report from NWCCU for about a month, it was clear to all who participated that this was an overwhelmingly positive visit."

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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