Calhoun Students to have “Banner” Year for 2012-13; Conversion to New Administrative Software to Provide Easier Registration Process for Fall Semester; Other Changes to Support Greater Student Success!
New and returning students to Calhoun Community College will enjoy an easier, more efficient registration process for the 2012 fall semester as the college converts to the new Banner administrative software package.
Banner is a comprehensive computer information system that supports the college’s admissions, instructional and administrative functions. Calhoun joins hundreds of higher educational institutions throughout the state and nation with its conversion to Banner. Other Alabama colleges currently using Banner include the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama – Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, and Athens State University.
With the implementation of Banner, students will now use MyCalhoun to apply, access registration, and check financial aid status. The college’s website has added a direct link from the homepage to MyCalhoun (see top and bottom Quick Links sections). According to Calhoun’s associate dean for enrollment management and college registrar, Dr. Dan Opalewski, all currently enrolled Calhoun students should receive by mail their new user IDs and passwords necessary (along with instructions for registering) to access MyCalhoun within the next week. New students will receive their information after completing their admissions packet and successfully satisfying all admissions requirements.
“While the process to convert to Banner has been a long and tedious one for the College, we are excited about what it will mean for our students, as all of our processes will become much more efficient and easier,” commented Opalewski.
The college will also implement a new Priority Registration Process for fall semester. “This new process should help ease the demand on our registration system and make the system more accessible,” Opalewski said. Starting with the fall semester, students will now register based on the number of Calhoun credits they have earned. According to Opalewski, the registration system will assign students to specific dates based on their credits earned. A student may not register prior to his or her assigned date, but may register at any time once the assigned date has arrived. Fall classes will begin on August 20, 2012.
Also beginning this fall, all new degree and certificate seeking students to the college will be required to enroll in ORI 101, Orientation to College. “Our goal is to make the Calhoun experience rewarding and successful for all of our students, and having them enroll in our college orientation course their first semester with us will definitely support this goal,” commented Calhoun President Dr. Marilyn Beck.