When summer and fall class registration began at Danville Area Community College today – three weeks after it was originally scheduled – it had a new, Coronavirus twist.
The first change is the way students are being registered for classes.
“Registration will be done over the phone rather than in person,” announced Stacy Ehmen, Vice President of Student Services. “Academic advisors and Registration staff have been using those extra days to ensure that they are ready and able to serve students over the phone with the same level of caring as they would in a traditional face-to-face format.”
Students can call immediately to set a phone registration appointment with an academic advisor, and then keep that appointment, over the phone, just as they would in person. The number to call is 217-443-8750, or students may email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an advising appointment.
Part time students, who would normally register through the Registration office rather than Advisement, should follow the same instructions. Jessica will route them to the proper office.
The second change is the way classes are being offered – and the cost for those classes.
Stephen Nacco, DACC President said, “Executive Vice President Dave Kietzmann and our great Deans, with faculty support, are offering a robust schedule of online courses this summer to give both native students and those visiting from 4-year universities the opportunity to gain or make up any ground they might have lost this spring. It's also a great opportunity for high school students to earn some dual enrollment credits. “
Additionally,, DACC is offering online classes for 50 percent tuition/activity fee (total $82.50 per credit hour) and the online fee ($65) is being waived. All students are being offered the in-district price this summer, so Indiana residents can take the courses for that price, as well.
“We know online isn't the most comfortable choice for everyone,” said Nacco, “but it's really the safest choice for now, so we're alleviating some of the monetary risk, at least.
All student service offices at the College remain open, though the buildings are closed to the public due to the Governor’s stay-at-home order. DACC has made special phone accommodations for current and prospective students to reach out to student services such as financial aid, records, and billing. Those numbers can be found via the Student Communications Guide link on the Coronavirus page: www.dacc.edu/coronavirus. That page also hosts a video tutorial for the phone registration process.