A lot goes into what classes a student takes and what their timeline is for graduating. You have to think about gen ed classes, requirements for a major, the possibility of a minor or a certificate, maintaining a job outside of classes and participating in campus organizations. All these moving pieces play a part in a very complicated schedule.
Thankfully, the University of Montana has its students’ best interests in mind and our class schedules covered. Well, for one semester at a time, at least.
And that is about it.
Looking at future semesters, Academic Planner on the University’s website allows you to search for what classes are classified as a fall semester course or a spring semester course, but there is no definite list of what classes will be offered. In the past, students could schedule out what class-es they would be taking for two or three semesters in advance. Without knowing what classes will be offered in the near future, students are left with many unanswered questions.
Will the classes I need to take be offered? Will the classes I need to take conflict with each other? Will I be able to take all the classes I need to graduate on time?
With the constant decline in enrollment and funding for programs across campus, flexibility in classes is slim. Many classes are only offered once a year, and for many majors and minors there is a sequence for the required classes.
Gambling on being able to take a class when you need it can set students back an entire semester, or even year. The University may have that amount of time, but students do not.
Knowing what your options are for the next semester is super important. Not being able to plan for the next year is an unnecessary stress to add to a student’s plate, especially for students nearing graduation.
Starting the semester knowing your schedule can be really helpful, but that is truly only being able to see four months into the future. This, just in case the administration does not realize, is not the same as being able to schedule your class-es out two or three semesters, and does not give students the peace of mind.