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NMSU registration: Extended hours, "one-stop shop"

The start of a new academic year brings all kinds of new beginnings, including a new way for New Mexico State University to conduct registration for students.

going to try having a one-stop shop," said NMSU Provost Bill Flores. "When it comes to registration, we are going to be even more student-centered starting this fall."

From Aug. 21 through Sept. 1, most of the departments involved in registration will be available at the Educational Services Center and will have extended hours, from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. All the offices in Enrollment Management and the necessary offices inside the individual colleges, such as student advising, also will be open later.

"We're talking parking, admissions, the registrar's office, financial aid and others" said William McCarthy, interim associate provost for student success and academic programs. "We are trying to find the way to best serve the needs of the students."

McCarthy said the change in registration is a direct result of feedback from students, who said the process was decentralized.

"We are always looking for ways to change that make us more effective and efficient," he said. "So we decided to bring as many services as possible together to provide a single, centralized area for registration."

After the two-week period, the hours will return to the normal 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This new process also will be in effect for spring registration, possibly with some changes.

"We will assess how it works and adjust accordingly for future registration sessions," McCarthy said. "We will do everything we can to make registration easier for students and the university."

Victor Venegas
Aug. 17, 2006