- New enrollment limitations for nondegree students (September 29, 2008)
- New eLion student application: Holds (September 16, 2008)
- New pilot project for fall semester: Early Progress Report (EPR) (September 4, 2008)
- New codes for School of Nursing (July 23, 2008)
- Curricular changes in Liberal Arts Economics major (July 7, 2008)
- Procedural change for retroactive registration (May 27, 2008)
- MATH 021 Mastery Program pilot announced (March 31, 2008)
- eLion updates: Confidentiality; time-out; logout (March 17, 2008)
- Academic entrance-to-major requirement for B.S. in Business (Abington, Altoona, Berks, University College) (February 18, 2008)
- Education Abroad updates: Summer tuition; online forms (January 7, 2008)
- New eLion features: Parent/Other and Parent/Other Access (November 7, 2005)
- Two changes related to late registration (August 17, 2005)
- Degree audits updated with new Bachelor of Arts requirements (July 5, 2005)
- New registration process, fall 2005, University Park and study abroad students (June 20, 2005) (Rescinded July 6, 2005)
- New office location for Continuing Education (May 20, 2005)
- Changes to the 2005 fall semester calendar (April 25, 2005)
- Policy changes regarding mathematics proficiency examinations (April 11, 2005)
- New petition form for advisers/deans (January 17, 2005)
- New eLion feature: PSU ID (December 20, 2004)
- New Advising @ PSUfeatures: Navigation bar and site index (December 20, 2004)
- New eLion 'Adviser' feature: Advising Notes (November 9, 2004)
- New instructional format for SPAN 001, 002, and 003 (October 29, 2004)
- New teamwork center for group work (October 11, 2004)
- New name for unofficial transcript (July 19, 2004)
- Removal of discontinued General Education designations (July 6, 2004)
- New deadlines for Education Abroad (June 21, 2004)
- Drop/add deadline changed for fall semester 2004 (June 7, 2004)
- Advanced Placement (AP) Exam credit changes for Computer Science AB and Physics B and C (May 24, 2004)
- Deadline extended for Education Abroad (May 10, 2004)
- Summer hours posted for World Campus (May 10, 2004)
- New procedures for Mathematics retesting (April 27, 2004)
- New content for CMPSC 101 (April 27, 2004)
- World Campus update (April 12, 2004)
- New procedures for final exam schedules announced (February 16, 2004)
- eLion 'Adviser' update: Extended time-out (February 16, 2004)
- New eLion 'Student' feature: Alternative Majors (February 16, 2004)
- New eLion 'Adviser' features: FTCAP Survey and Student Schedule (February 2, 2004)
- New Advising @ PSU feature: University forms (January 20, 2004)
- Telephone registration system to be disconnected (December 8, 2003)
- AP/Proficiency Credit for CHEM 014 (August 18, 2003)
- CSE 103 Proficiency Exam (June 9, 2003)
- Correction/Update in Computer Science AP Exam Credit (May 27, 2003)
- Changes in Advanced Placement (AP) credits awarded (April 28, 2003)
- Looking for ESACT courses? (April 14, 2003)
- World Campus opens kiosk in the HUB (April 9, 2003)
- Looking for SPCOM 100? (March 14, 2003)
- Looking for CN ED 297A? (March 14, 2003)
- ISIS screens ARISDN and ARISDP ( March 14, 2003)
- IST changes (March 14, 2003)
New enhancements to the Schedule of Courses
The Office of the University Registrar is pleased to announce several enhancements to the Schedule of Courses:
- New ability to search by course name (e.g., Marketing instead of MKTG)
- New ability to search by course title (e.g., Effective Speech instead of CAS 100)
- The full course title and course description are displayed on the results page. If the course description is longer than 175 characters, a link to the University Bulletin is provided.
- The list of General Education requirements that are satisfied by a course has been clarified, especially in the case where a course satisfies multiple General Education requirements.
- Course descriptions for graduate, law, and medical courses link to the Graduate Bulletin.
We're confident that these new features will make the Schedule of Courses an even more valuable tool to the University community. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Karen Schultz, University Registrar, September 14, 2009; posted September 28, 2009)
Changes to eLion Registration application
Changes were implemented to eLion Registration on July 28, 2009. The enhancements include design changes that will improve usability, and security improvements that require students to re-enter their userid (abc1234) and password when they initially select Registration or Drop/Add from the left menu in eLion. To view the changes, go to eLion Demo.
These changes were designed to minimize some actions students make inadvertently such as dropping classes unintentionally, and dropping and adding the same course simultaneously. Additional improvements include a separate screen to set the part-time indicator so it is more likely to be set, only asking for credits on variable credit courses, and improving the messages when students need to make a different choice.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Karen Duncan, senior associate registrar, Office of the University Registrar, July 20, 2009; posted August 2, 2009)
New link on student eLion: Housing/eLiving
A link has been added to the student menu in eLion to describe and link out to the eLiving website. According to eLion:
The Housing/eLiving link is provided for your convenience to assist you in managing your on-campus housing and food service information. The link will open a new web browser window.
eLiving is a tool that allows you to request and/or manage a housing and food service contract at any residential Penn State campus. Common functions include adding your name to a waitlist for housing, submitting housing preferences, checking on your housing assignment, or changing your meal plan level. Different policies and guidelines exist for obtaining housing at each residential campus depending on the type of student you are (incoming freshmen, transfer, returning) so it is important that you read the information in eLiving that pertains to you. If you have any questions, contact housing at the campus that is of interest to you.
(From eLion, June 15, 2009; posted June 22, 2009)
Changes announced in chemistry proficiency testing
For many years the chemistry department has been offering a free proficiency exam for entering students who place highly on the chemistry placement test and might benefit from bypassing CHEM 110/111 despite not having the relevant AP scores. New regulations require that we discontinue offering proficiency exams and switch instead to offering only credit by examination. We feel that it is important to schedule this exam prior to the start of classes so that students are placed into the appropriate courses before significant time has elapsed. (Roughly 26 percent of the students who take this exam pass it.) For this reason, we will offer a chemistry examination before the start of classes as we have done in the past. What will be different this year is that in order to take the exam, students will be required to bring a check for $120 to the exam and sign the appropriate University paperwork associated with credit by examination. If they pass the exam with a grade of C or better, students will be given credit for CHEM 110 and 111 on their transcripts.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Connie Boob or Mark Maroncelli.
(Adapted from a memo from Mark Maroncelli, professor of chemistry and assistant head of undergraduate programs; posted April 27, 2009)
New/revised eLion application: FTCAP Summary (formerly FTCAP Profile)
The Profile of Academic Abilities, a document distributed to students and advisers as part of the First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP), has been renamed the Summary of Academic Performance and has undergone some significant changes for 2009.
To keep eLion up to date with these changes, the FTCAP Profile application has now been renamed FTCAP Summary, and the screen display has been changed to match the format of the paper Summary of Academic Performance. Note that this new eLion FTCAP Summary format is now being used for students admitted prior to 2009 as well; the old FTCAP Profile format has been eliminated from eLion.
The Help document accompanying the eLion FTCAP Summary application has also been updated to reflect the changes on both the front and back of the paper Summary of Academic Performance.
(Posted April 13, 2009)
New eLion application: Ethnicity/Race Reporting
A new Ethnicity/Race Reporting application has been added to the student section of eLion. According to the information posted on eLion, this application is intended to comply with Federal law, which requires that institutions of higher education gather information regarding the ethnicity and race of their students and employees. The law only requires institutions to report aggregate totals for each category of ethnicity and race. Students are asked to indicate whether their ethnicity is Hispanic/Latino or not, and to indicate their race (i.e., White; Black or African American; Asian; American Indian or Alaska Native; or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific islander).
(Posted March 2, 2009)
Changes in eLion Registration/Drop/Add application
The Registrar's office has recently made some modifications to the Registration/Drop/Add application. The first screen now displays live links to the Registration Timetable, Schedule of Courses, and Recommended Academic Plans. Also, students will now be able to use eLion to process regular drop/adds after the tenth day of the semester for part-semester courses with later drop/add deadlines. Previously, students had to go to a campus office to process regular drop/adds after the tenth day.
(Posted March 2, 2009)
New online forms for re-enrollment and reinstatement
Effective February 2, selected campuses will begin accepting credit cards as a form of payment for re-enrollment and reinstatement. As a part of this implementation, we have designed interactive Web-based forms for students. They are found on the Office of University Registrar website under Returning to the University.
When a student opens the form, they will enter their personal information and choose the semester, campus, college, major, and option (if applicable). The student may choose any campus and college combination, but only the majors offered by the college they select will be available. Likewise, only the options for the major they select will be available. Once those selections are made, the student submits the form and a printable version is displayed. The student must print the form, fill out the payment information, and sign the form before sending it to the campus where they wish to attend.
Please direct students to these new forms. It is also important that any links from college or department websites be updated.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Karen Duncan, senior associate registrar, Office of the University Registrar, February 2, 2009; posted February 18, 2009)
Expansion of Early Progress Report project for Spring 2009
The Early Progress Report project is being expanded for spring semester 2009. It will now include undergraduate students (degree students, provisional students, and nondegree-regular students) who:
- are in registered or scheduled status,
- have 27 or fewer cumulative credits, and
- are enrolled at the Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, or Worthington Scranton campus or
- are enrolled at the University Park campus in courses offered by the College of Health and Human Development, College of the Liberal Arts, or the Eberly College of Science.
Only full-semester (fifteen-week) courses are included, and World Campus courses are excluded.
(Posted January 5, 2009; updated January 15, 2009)
New enrollment limitations for nondegree students
Changes approved to Senate Policy 14-10 (Limitations to Enrollment as a Nondegree Student) and ACUE Procedure I-6 will be implemented fall semester 2008. An important change in this legislation is the stipulation that requires nondegree-conditional and nondegree-regular students who have reached the 40-credit limit as a nondegree student to enter a degree program to be permitted to continue taking credit courses at Penn State. For students not eligible to enter a degree program at that time, but who have attained a 2.01 or higher semester GPA, written support is required from the college of the program the student wishes to pursue. The written support clause requires the approval of the college associate dean, the DAA, or a designate.
While each college can decide how to manage the written requests for support, ISIS screen ARUSPP (the same screen used to enter leave of absence requests) must be updated to indicate your support. The applicable field on ARUSPP is called Non Degree Support and the valid entry is Y to indicate support. The support indicator remains with the student record as long as the student continues to make progress toward degree status. It can be updated at any time on screen ARUSPP for applicable students, but it will be automatically removed when no longer applicable (i.e., the student enters a degree program or the student does not maintain a 2.01 or higher semester GPA and is dropped).
If you have any questions about the implementation of the policy and procedure changes, please contact Anne Kepler (firstname.lastname@example.org) in my office for assistance.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Karen Schultz, University Registrar, September 3, 2008; posted September 29, 2008)
New eLion student application: Holds
The Registrar's office has developed a new eLion Student application (Holds) that will provide students with information about their active holds.
Authorized University offices may place a hold on a student's record that may prevent registration, issuing of transcripts or diplomas, as well as the placement of a transcript notation. Holds are placed because of: academic issues, administrative issues, disciplinary issues, financial issues, or health issues.
When a hold is placed using ISIS screen ARUSH, an email message is automatically sent to the student informing them of the hold that has been placed on their record. The new eLion Holds application will allow students to check their active holds and instruct them on who to contact to have the hold removed. The application will provide the following information:
- Type of Hold (Administrative, Financial, Disciplinary)
- Effective Date
- Preventative Action (Registration, Transcripts, Diploma)
- Contact Information (Office Name and Phone Number who placed the hold)
- Amount (for Financial holds only)
- Transcript Notation - Yes or No (for Disciplinary holds only)
This new eLion Holds application will be implemented on Tuesday, September 16.
(From an e-mail from Carol Findley, Office of the University Registrar, September 15, 2008; posted September 16, 2008)
New pilot project for fall semester: Early Progress Report (EPR)
Beginning with the third week of classes this fall, instructors participating in a pilot of the new Early Progress Report system will be able to use eLion to submit early-semester evaluations to their students who are earning grades of less than C. For each report that instructors submit, students and their assigned academic advisers will be notified by e-mail and will be directed to eLion to learn why the student is earning less than a C and what steps the student can take to improve the grade. Instructors may submit progress reports anytime during the third through the sixth week of the semester and may submit multiple reports for each student.
For the fall 2008 pilot, reports will be sent only to undergraduate students (degree students, provisional students, and nondegree-regular students) who
- are in registered or scheduled status,
- have 27 or fewer cumulative credits, and
- are enrolled at Penn State Brandywine or Penn State Harrisburg, or are enrolled in Eberly College of Science courses at University Park
Only full-semester (fifteen-week) courses are included, and World Campus courses are excluded.
The traditional mid-semester evaluations for other students/courses will continue to be used this fall semester.
For advisers who record their student advising contacts using ISIS or eLion, a new content code (PR: Progress Report) has been created. When recording advising contacts in which the Early Progress Report is discussed, advisers should use the PR content code; for the traditional mid-semester evaluation reports, advisers should use the MS code.
For additional information, please refer to Faculty Senate policy 47-70 (Online Student Progress Report [Formerly Mid-Semester Evaluation]).
(Posted September 4, 2008)
New codes for School of Nursing
The college and department codes for the new School of Nursing have been created in ISIS effective Summer 2008. The college code is NR. The department code is NURSG. The major codes 2NURS, NURS, and NURN, for the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs will remain unchanged. Students graduating this summer will have the new school designation recorded on the diploma and the transcript. Current and future student records will be transferred to the new department/college, and notification on when this takes place will be sent.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Anne Kepler, Office of the University Registrar, July 1, 2008; posted July 23, 2008)
Curricular changes in Liberal Arts Economics major
I want to alert you about a change in the Bachelor of Science requirements in Economics (ECLBS) that will affect any students who were approved through the ETM process this spring as well as any future ECLBS majors.
If you request an ECLBS degree audit, you'll note that STAT 200 and ACCTG 211 are no longer required. The minimum number of credits remains the same (120) for the ECLBS degree, so this means students will have an increased number of electives to satisfy. Generally speaking, more electives means more flexibility.
Students who have already completed STAT 200 (or SCM 200) or ACCTG 211 will find that these courses are very useful electives. Anyone who has completed STAT 200 might feel more confident about taking the required ECON 390 course. ACCTG 211 would be a helpful elective for any student who wants to complete (as many ECON majors do) the Business and the Liberal Arts (BUSLA) minor.
The Recommended Academic Plans for the ECLBS major are being revised this summer and will reflect these curricular changes. ECLBS students will be strongly encouraged to take ECON 390 and 490 much earlier than they used to. MATH 110 (or MATH 140) is the prerequisite for ECON 390, and students should be prepared to take 390 immediately following their calculus course.
Lastly, please note that ECLBA students must still complete either STAT 200 or SCM 200. The curricular change above affects only the ECLBS students.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Katelyn Perry, lead adviser, Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies, June 16, 2008; posted July 7, 2008)
Procedural change for retroactive registration
Effective April 28, 2008, students requesting a retroactive registration cannot use financial aid as payment for completing the registration. In their letter, students must describe how they will pay for the semester without financial aid. As a result of this change, the retroactive registration form and instructions have been updated on the Registrar's Web page.
The Office of Student Aid has had increasing difficulty securing financial aid for retroactive actions. The nature of the process is such that predicting whether aid will still be available by the time the student completes the retroactive registration process is very difficult. Often the student finishes those steps only to have missed the deadline for late disbursements.
The Office of Student Aid proactively reminds aid recipients with incomplete registrations each semester about their need to complete their bill payment. OSA will be highlighting the fact that aid cannot be used for late registration and would be retrievable only upon completion of the process. Eligibility for any post-enrollment disbursement of funds is based on federal and state financial aid regulations.
(Adapted from an e-mail from Kristin M. Taylor, Office of the University Registrar, May 16, 2008; posted May 27, 2008)
MATH 021 Mastery Program pilot announced
During fall semester 2008, four sections of MATH 021 at the University Park campus will be administered in a new way which we call a Mastery Program. Key components of this new approach will be:
- Course material will be divided into twelve modules.
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday lectures will cover the modules at a pace of approximately one module per week.
- Students will take a ten-question quiz on each module when they believe they are ready, provided they have completed testing on all the previous modules. There will also be deadlines for completion of each quiz. A student may repeat a quiz on any module up to three times.
- Quizzes on the modules will be conducted electronically using the Pollock Building e-Testing / ITS Lab.
- Quizzes will be graded on a 0-10 scale. Mastery will be demonstrated when a student earns a quiz score of 810 out of 10. More details on the levels required to master each module will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
- A student's final grade will be based on the number of modules on which he/she has achieved mastery. There will be no midterm or final exams. Again, more details on the number of quizzes required to earn each letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
This is a pilot program. The format of the course may be conducive for students who believe they possess some mastery of the course content. In particular, those students who do have a strong background in college algebra will be allowed to complete the course many weeks prior to the final examination period if they are able to complete their mastery quizzes in a timely fashion. Students who complete modules will be allowed to work ahead of the course lectures to complete future modules at their own pace.
The following sections of MATH 021 will be part of the pilot:
- Section 002, schedule number 992704 (9:059:55 a.m.)
- Section 003, schedule number 992707 (10:1011:00 a.m.)
- Section 005, schedule number 992713 (11:15 a.m.12:05 p.m.)
- Section 009, schedule number 992722 (1:252:15 p.m.)
Students who want to take part in the pilot need only sign up for one of these sections. Students who don't want to be part of the pilot should sign up for another section; there is a traditional section of MATH 021 available at each of the above times.
For more information or to ask questions, please contact:
Dr. James Sellers, Director, Undergraduate Mathematics
(Adapted from an e-mail attachment from Patricia L. Schulte, Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising, Department of Mathematics, March 17, 2008; posted March 31, 2008)
eLion updates: Confidentiality; time-out; logout
1. For students who have requested confidentiality, the following statement and link will be displayed near the top of each of the adviser application screens:
This student has requested confidentiality of all educational records including directory information.
2. The time-out for the Registration application in the student section of eLion has been increased to thirty minutes. This means that once students access the Registration application, they can remain inactive for up to thirty minutes without having to log in again. This change will be particularly helpful when students are browsing the Schedule of Courses while registering on eLion. (Students will continue to time out after ten minutes of inactivity on any other eLion application, however.)
3. The Exit and eLion Home Page links at the top of all eLion menus have been replaced by a single Logout link. By clicking on this link, the user will log out of eLion and return to the eLion home page.
(From an e-mail from Michael Leonard, assistant director, Division of Undergraduate Studies, March 13, 2008; posted March 17, 2008)
Academic entrance-to-major requirement for B.S. in Business (Abington, Altoona, Berks, University College)
The Retention and Transfer Subcommittee has approved an academic entrance requirement for the B.S. in Business, which is offered by Abington College, Altoona College, Berks College, and University College. The entrance-to-major requirement will become effective for students entering the program beginning summer session 2008.
#RT-145 Entrance Requirement:
Completion of MATH 022 or higher (MATH 110, 040, 041, 140)
(From a memo from John Hannan, chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, January 4, 2008; posted February 18, 2008)
Education Abroad updates: Summer tuition; online forms
We are currently in the process of updating the tuition and program fee rates listed on our website for summer programs. (This does not include summer programs offered by C&Ithose fees are already set). In the past, we have received a special per-credit rate for summer programs, but that rate will not apply this year. The tuition rate for summer programs will increase significantly, but in most cases, the program fee will decrease (this is because the program fee is based on the total cost assessed by the provider or foreign institution). We expect to have the budget sheets updated by the time the students return to campus, if not sooner.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Out-of-State students participating in summer programs will receive the in-state tuition rate for all programs except the Penn State Sede di Roma programs in Rome. For these programs, out-of-state students will still pay the out-of-state rate.
Instructions for Recommenders
As you probably know, recommendations for students applying to study abroad are now requested and submitted online. If you are unsure how to access, fill out or submit a recommendation, instructions are now posted on the EA website, on the page called Advising/Recommendations in the section headed Faculty and Staff Resources.
CIEE and IES application materials
In order to streamline our processes, students will now complete the CIEE- and IES- specific application materials online and submit them directly to CIEE or IES. This may mean filling out an online application but it may also mean sending some materials to the CIEE or IES offices in Chicago or Portland, ME, directly. Instructions to this effect are given on the application page, but it is important that our campus contacts are aware of this as well so that they can best direct their students.
(From an e-mail message from Jessica Lindoerfer, promotions and outreach coordinator, University Office of International Programs, Education Abroad, December 19, 2007; posted January 7, 2008)
New on eLion: Contact information
The footer of most eLion screens now includes a line that reads For assistance, contact us. The words contact us contain a link to an e-mail address or Web form that can be used to reach the appropriate office for assistance with that particular screen. For example, on the Degree Audit screens, the contact link goes to the Registrar's office e-mail address, while the contact link on the Advising Notes screens goes to the DUS e-mail address. On other screens, contact links go to the Bursar's office, the Office of Student Aid, AIS, etc.
This new information in the footer should help everyone know whom to contact with questions, suggestions, etc. for each specific eLion application and screen.
(Posted September 24, 2007)
AP credit change: Environmental Science
Effective July 16, 2007, the credits awarded for a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the Environmental Science Advanced Placement (AP) test have been changed from E R M 210 (GN, 3 credits) to EARTH 100 (GN, 3 credits).
(Adapted from an e-mail message from Cathy Schwab, associate director of marketing and recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions Office, August 28, 2007; posted September 10, 2007)
Emergency contact information required
In the event of an emergency, Penn State personnel may need to contact students or someone close to them. Beginning with the 2007 fall semester and approximately every six months after that, students logging in to eLion will be required to provide or confirm their emergency contact information and, optionally, their cell phone number and carrier.
(Adapted from eLion General Messages; posted August 27, 2007)
World Campus changes affecting resident instruction (RI) students
Beginning with the 2007 summer session, the World Campus became a delivery campus of Penn State and became mainstreamed and further integrated with the Schedule of Courses, eLion, tuition collection, and ISIS. In general, the World Campus operates as any other campus of the University with respect to course listing, student scheduling, and students paying tuition to the Office of the Bursar.
In order to serve non-World Campus students, criteria have been developed for overriding the scheduling system. World Campus Student Services would override the University scheduling/registration system for the following non-World Campus students in order of priority:
- Graduating seniors with adviser confirmation
- Students enrolled in the Organizational Leadership (OLEAD) major at the campuses
- Students enrolled in the Nursing (NURN) major (RN to B.S. degree)
- Students studying primarily through Continuing Education at University Park
- Students with the adult learner indicator
World Campus will open registration for empty seats in its courses to resident students on a first-come, first-served basis beginning seven days before the beginning of the courses (8/20/2007). Contact Student Services at 1-814-865-5403 or 800-252-3592.
Students do not pay additional tuition (once they have reached the full-time tuition rate) for World Campus courses. Students who have scheduled twelve credits in any combination at any Penn State campus and who schedule additional credits (beyond twelve) at any campus, including World Campus, will not be charged additional tuition. Students who schedule courses totaling less than twelve credits continue to be charged on a per-credit basis regardless of the campus offering the course.
Resident instruction students wishing to take only World Campus courses in a semester would do a change of campus to the World Campus for that particular semester. Adviser confirmation is needed.
In general, World Campus will not ask the academic unit to increase the maximum enrollment number for a particular course to accommodate a resident instruction student.
Resident instruction students must meet the minimum credit criteria for World Campus priority registration. If not, we will give them the appropriate date to call back.
Important note: The World Campus no longer offers six-month courses in a rolling enrollment format. If a resident instruction student late drops a course, it is no longer possible for that student to schedule and begin a World Campus course after the University's drop/add period for a semester.
(Adapted from an e-mail attachment from Jean McGrath Bauer, senior director, Adult Learner Services, Continuing and Distance Education, July 18, 2007; posted July 30, 2007)
eLion Adviser Information for new, first-year students
The eLion Adviser Information application was recently updated to allow new, first-year students admitted for fall semester to view their adviser assignment as soon as it has been entered on ISIS. Previously, these students could not view their adviser assignment on eLion until shortly before the beginning of fall semester classes.
The Adviser Information application displays the assigned adviser's name, department, campus, e-mail address, and honors designation and provides a link to the adviser's Penn State directory information.
(Posted July 16, 2007)
Passport delays affecting study abroad students
Students who are planning to study or travel abroad need to apply for or renew their U.S. passport immediately, according to Office of International Programs at Penn State. The State Department has seen a drastic increase in passport applications being filed since a recent change in policy. As a result, passport processing time may take four months. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
(From an e-mail communication from Julia Kisner, Education Abroad adviser, Office of International Programs, July 2, 2007; posted July 16, 2007)
New registration procedures for World Campus courses
Effective summer 2007, Penn State World Campus will be integrating with University systems, including the Penn State Schedule of Courses and the eLion scheduling system.
Penn State World Campus is in the process of implementing changes that are
expected to benefit all students and simplify advising and administrative
processes. In time for the summer 2007 semester, students will be able to
schedule World Campus courses through eLion (beginning on March 15, 2007),
just as other Penn State students schedule courses. So that students can
receive maximum benefits from this integration, we will phase out the
6-month ongoing registration courses, replacing them with online course
offerings that are semester-based.
Benefits for World Campus students:
- Schedule courses online, via eLion.
- Schedule early (based on the total number of credits earned in prior semesters).
- Check your registration status via eLion.
- Schedule courses without having to pay tuition up front.
- Financial aid calculated and applied to your bursar account at the time of billing.
- Receive electronic bills (eBills) via eLion.
- Choose tuition payment options.
- Take advantage of a single tuition cost for 12 credits or more per semester.
- Handle your own course drops, adds, and refunds via eLion.
How will these changes affect World Campus students?
- All important instructions and information pertaining to Penn State can be sent to you only at your psu.edu e-mail account (format: email@example.com). It is mandatory that you monitor that account or forward it to your preferred e-mail account.
- Registration for the majority of the 6-month ongoing registration courses will close before the end of April 2007.
- All course scheduling must take place prior to the beginning of each semester, and those courses must be completed by the end of the semester. Most semester-based online courses will be 15 weeks long in the fall and the spring, and 12 weeks long in the summer.
- The use of financial aid will be simplified because all courses will be semester-based.
- The Office of the Bursar will assume the responsibility of billing
and collecting tuition and fee money. Tuition will be calculated
based on your level:
- fewer than 59.1 credits = lower-division = $404 per credit tuition rate (for summer 2007 semester)
- more than 59.1 credits = upper-division = $430 per credit tuition rate, including advanced placement or transferred credits (for summer 2007 semester)
- $551 per credit tuition rate. See the tuition table for any program exceptions (for summer 2007 semester).
Please visit the World Campus current students page for all current
information on programs, courses, and policies. The website will be
updated during the spring semester with step-by-step directions on how to
schedule courses using eLion. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org,
814-865-5403, or 800-252-3592.
(From an e-mail communication from Jean McGrath Bauer, senior director, Adult Learner Services, Penn State World Campus, March 14, 2007; posted March 26, 2007)
Tuesday, November 21 is Friday!
To better balance class offerings and laboratories across each day of the week, Tuesday, November 21 will follow a Friday schedule.
(From Fall 2006 Academic Calendar, Office of the University Registrar; posted November 6, 2006)
New eLion 'Adviser' application: Admissions Information
Admissions Information, a new eLion application for advisers, displays a variety of data related to an undergraduate student's admission to the University, including the student's high school transcript, high school average, SAT scores, and more. The online Help document provides further details and an explanation of the data displayed in this application.
(Posted November 6, 2006)
email@example.com is now Advising @ PSU
The name of the firstname.lastname@example.org website has been changed to Advising @ PSU, primarily because of ongoing confusion that email@example.com refers to an e-mail address rather than to a website. None of the website's URLs have been changed, so all of the links continue to work as they previously did. (The URL for the home page remains www.psu.edu/advising/.)
(Posted July 19, 2006)
New/revised ISIS screens: Re-enrollment, reinstatement, and academic renewal
Earlier this academic year, the University Faculty Senate and the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE) approved policy and procedure changes to three student processes. The Office of the University Registrar is pleased to announce that the system updates to implement these changes will occur on April 3, 2006.
These changes are significant and resulted in substantial modifications to the following screens:
- ARISBD (Re-enrollment Inquiry): Modified to support policy changes
- ARUSBE (Re-enrollment): Modified with new features, simplifying the process
- ARUSBR (Reinstatement): Modified to parallel the re-enrollment
- ARUSBN (Academic Renewal): New Screen independent process no longer tied to re-enrollment or reinstatement
Additional details are available under General Messages in the adviser section of eLion.
(Adapted from eLion, March 21, 2006; posted March 27, 2006)
MATH 035 and 036 at University Park
For the last few years, the Mathematics Department staff has worked to strengthen our general education offerings in mathematics. In particular, MATH 036 has been rejuvenated in the last few years (and is now quite a popular course) and MATH 035 is currently being overhauled and taught by one of our best fixed-term instructors. We are very proud of what we have done and are confident that we are serving this clientele of Penn State students even better than we once did.
With this in mind, I write today to ask you to help us steer more and more students into these courses and out of algebra courses such as MATH 021 and 022. (I am speaking, of course, of those students who do not need to complete an algebra course such as MATH 021 or MATH 022 in order to be prepared for calculus later in their academic careers.)
In an effort to assist with this, the department has chosen to make many more seats available in MATH 035 in the fall120 additional seats to be exact. We are also considering raising the number of seats in MATH 035 in the spring semester, but I cannot guarantee this will be accomplished until we confirm room availabilities. I am confident that many of your students would find MATH 035 and 036 much more enjoyable and worthwhile in comparison to the algebra courses, and in the process I believe some will actually earn higher grades and change their minds about mathematics for the better. So please consider ways in which you can guide students into MATH 035 and 036.
If I can assist you in any way regarding general education mathematics courses, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. I wish you the best.
James A. Sellers, Ph.D.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from James Sellers, director of undergraduate studies, Department of Mathematics, February 24, 2006; posted February 27, 2006)
New eLion features: Parent/Other and Parent/Other Access
Students can now grant permission for parents, guardians, sponsors, and/or other individuals to access some of their financial information through eLion. Access allows the authorized individual to view/change/pay the semester bill; view/pay the bursar account; and/or view 1098T (Hope/Lifetime Tax Credits) information.
To grant access for a parent or other individual, the student must first obtain the individual's Penn State Access Account user ID. If the individual does not have a Penn State user ID, he/she must create a Friends of Penn State (FPS) account and provide the FPS account ID to the student. The student then uses the individual's Penn State user ID or FPS account ID and the new Parent/Other application on the eLion student menu to designate which of the financial information items he/she will allow the individual to access.
After a student has given permission for a parent or other individual to access the financial information, that individual can log on to eLion through the new Parent/Other category on the eLion home page. The individual will be able to access only those financial items that the student has designated for that individual.
Additional information is available from Parent/Other Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
(Adapted from information available on eLion and the Office of the Bursar's website; posted November 7, 2005)
Two changes related to late registration
I am writing to inform you of two changes related to late registration.
Both of these changes will be effective Fall semester 2005.
1) The late registration fee has been changed from $10.00 (ten) to
$250.00 (two hundred fifty).
2) The definition of late registration has changed from the first day of
classes to the first day of the late drop period.
Please be reminded of the condition that result in late registration. All
students are provided a registration window that opens well in
advance of the start of the semester and closes at the end of the
regular drop/add period. Students who begin their registration during
this window WILL NOT be assessed the late registration fee. Only
those students who begin their registration after this window closes
will be considered late registrants.
For the upcoming fall semester, the regular drop/add periods ends on
September 8. Students who begin the registration process AFTER
September 8 will be charged the $250 late registration fee.
The single exception to the above would be for a student registering
for one or more courses that all begin later in the semester. In this
case, late registration will be determined by the course with the
earliest late drop start date.
Students should always be advised to register for their classes before
the classes begin. We do not want to encourage students to delay
their registration, even into the regular drop/add period. In so
delaying, the student is missing valuable instruction time at the start of
Please share this announcement with others in your administrative or
academic unit that need to be informed of these changes to late
(From an e-mail communication from J. James Wager, assistant vice president for undergraduate education and University registrar, August 4, 2005; posted August 17, 2005)
Degree audits updated with new Bachelor of Arts requirements
The new Bachelor of Arts requirement format has been applied on the degree audit for all students. Students who had been following the old format will now be able to take advantage of the additional features of the new
format. Students who had already completed the BA requirements will still be complete; however, the display will be in the new format. Please note that some exceptions (on the Other Cultures requirement) may not work under the new format and will need to be reentered.
(From an e-mail communication from Anne Kepler, Office of the University Registrar, June 29, 2005; posted July 5, 2005)
New registration process, fall 2005, University Park and study abroad students (Rescinded July 6, 2005)
The previous announcement from the offices of Student Aid, the Bursar, and the Registrar concerning a change in registration procedures for the fall 2005 fall semester has been rescinded. To avoid potential confusion, the announcement posted here on June 20 has been removed.
(Posted July 13, 2005)
New office location for Continuing Education
The Continuing Education office at the University Park campus has moved from its former location at 122 East College Avenue to 121 Outreach Building, Innovation Park. The telephone number remains the same at 814-865-3443.
(Posted May 20, 2005)
Changes to the 2005 fall semester calendar
For the past several years, the first day of the fall semester has been a Tuesday, but students and faculty were instructed to follow a Friday class schedule. While this scheduling anomaly balanced the number of schedule days across the fall semester, it resulted in confusion for students and faculty as the new semester began.
At the recommendation of the University Faculty Senate, University President Graham Spanier has approved a change to the fall semester calendar. Beginning fall semester 2005, the first day of classes, a Tuesday, will follow a normal Tuesday schedule. The Tuesday before the Thanksgiving Holiday will follow a Friday schedule.
For fall semester 2005:
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005first day of classes, follow a TUESDAY class schedule
- Tuesday, November 22, 2005follow a FRIDAY class schedule
The Penn State academic calendar is available on the Web at registrar.psu.edu
(Adapted from a University announcement, April 6, 2005; posted April 25, 2005)
Policy changes regarding mathematics proficiency examinations
Based on a review of current policies and procedures, as well as recent consultation with ACUE, the [Mathematics] department is implementing the following changes:
- The Mathematics Department will offer proficiency examinations for MATH 110 and MATH 140 prior to the second summer session 2005 and the fall semester 2005. However, only those students who have not yet completed or attempted a Penn State mathematics course will be allowed to earn credit for MATH 110 or MATH 140 via proficiency examination.
- After the offering of the MATH 110 and MATH 140 proficiency examinations at the beginning of the fall semester 2005, the Mathematics Department will cease to offer proficiency examinations for any of its courses.
Our goal in instituting such changes is to reduce redundancy within our department (given that we also provide credit by examination opportunities for these courses). This will in turn reduce costs and the number of staff hours invested in such processes.
It is important to note that students will still have numerous opportunities to obtain credit for MATH 110 or MATH 140. Indeed, apart from completing these calculus courses via resident instruction, continuing education, or the World Campus, the students can also receive MATH 110 and MATH 140 credit at Penn State via the following:
- Successful completion of the AP calculus examination, or
- Successful completion of the CLEP examination in calculus (which is also administered by the College Board), or
- Credit by examination through the Mathematics Department.
More information on the College Board examinations and scores required in order to receive credit at Penn State can be found at the Admissions website. In particular, see the following:
Credit Awarded for Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Credit Awarded for CLEP
Those interested in contacting me with questions can do so via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to clarify these policy changes as needed.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from James A. Sellers, director of undergraduate mathematics, March 16, 2005; posted April 11, 2005)
New petition form for advisers/deans
The Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce a new cover sheet to be utilized in the preparation of student petitions. This new document will assist the Senate Office staff and committee members in the review of petitions.
The cover sheet may be found on the home page of the Faculty Senate website. Click on Petition Form for Advisers/Deans.
The new cover sheet is much more detailed and will be a very helpful tool to aid in the clarity and completeness of each petition. Please be sure to use this cover sheet for every petition that is submitted. You may still include additional comments on a separate sheet of paper if desired.
Thank you for your assistance in improving the petition process by using this new form. Please contact Anna Butler if you have questions at 814-863-0221 or email@example.com.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Arthur C. Miller, chair, Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, December 6, 2004; posted January 17, 2005)
New eLion feature: PSU ID
Effective January 1, 2005, students will be able to look up their new PSU ID number in the Academic Summary section of eLion. The advising rosters in the adviser section of eLion will also reflect the new PSU ID numbers for all students on the adviser's roster. Advisers will be able to look up the new PSU ID for any students by entering the student's Access ID in the Academic Summary application.
(Posted December 20, 2004)
New Advising @ PSU features: Navigation bar and site index
The Advising @ PSU website was updated recently to include a new navigation bar at the top of every page. The new bar provides pull-down menus for easy access to all pages within the Advising @ PSU website. Likewise, the text-only menu, which was originally designed primarily for easier accessibility for those who use adaptive devices such as screen readers, has been expanded to provide access to all pages and now serves a dual purpose as the Advising @ PSU site index.
(Posted December 20, 2004)
New eLion 'Adviser' feature: Advising Notes
Advising Notes, a new eLion application for advisers, provides two ways for academic advisers system-wide to view and/or enter notes of advising contacts with or about students:
- Contact Summaryadvising notes summarized using a set of codes and displayed in a table. This summary table can be viewed in two formats: abbreviated (highly codified) and expanded (with codes translated into succinct text).
- Adviser Commentsadvising notes presented as narrative text.
The Advising Notes application is linked to the student interview records displayed on ISIS screen ARUEA and the adviser comments displayed on screen ARUEC. It includes an extensive help document that not only explains how to use the application but also discusses issues of confidentiality and the ethical and professional use of advising notes.
(Posted November 9, 2004)
New instructional format for SPAN 001, 002, and 003
A new instructional format will be used in all sections of Spanish 001 and 002 being taught at University Park in spring semester 2005. Students will now have only two, fifty-minute scheduled class meetings each week, but will also be expected to spend approximately six additional hours a week, at their convenience, in a computer-enhanced virtual language environment that includes presentation of material, homework assignments, and language practice.
There are also four sections of Spanish 003 that will be offered using the new format this spring, although most sections will continue to be taught in four fifty-minute class meetings or two seventy-five-minute class meetings each week. The four sections of SPAN 003 using the new format can be identified in the Schedule of Courses by the APPT (by appointment) code.
(Adapted from a personal communication from Loretta Zehngut, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, to the Division of Undergraduate Studies, October 22, 2004; posted October 29, 2004)
New teamwork center for group work
Are you taking a course that requires you to work in groups? A new teamwork center in the University Learning Centers has five teamwork stations, a computer, and a whiteboard or chalkboard, and you can request the assistance of peer tutors in writing, technology, or even a specific subject area. For example, a technology tutor can help your group determine what technology would best enhance a project and then teach the group how to use it. A writing tutor can assist groups in strengthening written or oral reports. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 865-1841 to make a reservation. For information on tutoring and other services provided by the ULC, visit www.ulc.psu.edu.
(From DUS NEWS, Division of Undergraduate Studies, October 1, 2004; posted October 11, 2004)
New name for unofficial transcript
Effective July 13, the label unofficial transcript will be changed to reflect a new label called advising transcript. Please begin to use advising transcript in place of unofficial transcript when referring to the academic transcript that we use as a working document.
(From Weekly Newswire, Office of the University Registrar, July 12, 2004; posted July 19, 2004)
Removal of discontinued General Education designations
Effective Spring 2005, a number of Health and Human Development courses will no longer be certified as General Education courses (see Faculty Senate Report, April 13, 2004, for the list). These courses may continue to be offered at various Penn State locations, but will not meet the General Education requirements effective Spring 2005.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Margaret Sebastianelli, senior undergraduate studies programs coordinator and director of student services, College of Health and Human Development, June 30, 2004; posted July 6, 2004)
New deadlines for Education Abroad
In an effort to make application for study abroad programs more manageable for students, Education Abroad is implementing a new deadline structure. Beginning this fall with applications for Fall 2005, application deadlines will be as follows:
Priority Deadlines (highly recommended for programs in Italy, Spain, France, England, Australia, and AESOP programs):
December 1 for Fall programs
April 1 for Spring programs
February 1 for Fall programs
September 15 for Spring programs
March 1 for most Summer programs
Following the Priority Deadline, applications will be processed in the order in which they are received (i.e., programs will be closed once they are filled). Please note that the Extended Deadline of September 15, 2004, for Spring 2005 programs is part of the previous deadline system and only applies to specific programs as listed on the Education Abroad website.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Joanna Carlson, Education Abroad, June 14, 2004; posted June 21, 2004)
Drop/add deadline changed for fall semester 2004
When the University calendar was changed from a fifteen-week to a fourteen-week fall semester, the drop/add deadline for fall semester was adjusted from the tenth calendar day of the semester to the ninth calendar day. The drop/add deadline for the fifteen-week spring semester remained at the tenth calendar day.
Recent legislation has returned the drop/add deadline for full-semester courses in fall semester to the tenth calendar day of the semester. For fall semester 2004, the drop/add deadline has been changed from Wednesday, September 8, to Thursday, September 9. Under this revised policy, the drop/add deadline for full-semester courses for both the fourteen-week fall semesters and the fifteen-week spring semesters will be the tenth calendar day of the semester.
Note that the late drop period for the fourteen-week fall semesters remains proportionally shorter than the late drop period for the fifteen-week spring semesters. Specific drop/add and late drop deadlines for each semester are published in the Academic Calendar. Additional information can be obtained from the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook.
(Posted June 7, 2004)
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam credit changes for Computer Science AB and Physics B and C
Computer Science AB: Only general credit will now be awarded for the Computer Science AB exam for a score of 4 or 5. Credit for CSE 103 can be awarded by petitioning the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, if the programming language was C++. The Schedule of Credit Awarded for A.P. Examinations website has now been updated to reflect these changes.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Gail Kamon, DUS Programs Coordinator, May 17, 2004; posted May 24, 2004)
Physics B and C: The Physics Department requested that the minimum score on the Physics B and Physics C exams for students to receive credit for Penn State physics courses (either the PHYS 250/251 sequence, PHYS 211, or PHYS 212) be increased from a three to a four. The Schedule of Credit Awarded for A.P. Examinations website has now been updated to reflect these changes.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Professor Richard W. Robinett, Department of Physics, May 10, 2004; posted May 24, 2004)
Deadline extended for Education Abroad
Many education abroad programs for spring 2005 have been granted an extended deadline of September 15. The International Programs website includes a complete list of these programs as well as details about each program, prerequisites, and application procedures. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may study abroad on spring programs. (Not all programs are open to sophomores; please consult the website for availability.)
All students interested in studying abroad as well as academic advisers who would like to know more about Penn State's Education Abroad programs are invited to visit the website for information.
Promotion and Outreach Coordinator, Education Abroad
410 Boucke Building
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Joanna Carlson, May 5, 2004; posted May 10, 2004)
Summer hours posted for World Campus (Room 235, HUB)
Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 17, through Friday, August 13
Monday: noon to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: noon to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: Office closed; help is available by phone or email. Please call 865-5403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Tammy Myers, Penn State World Campus, May 6, 2004; posted May 10, 2004)
New procedures for Mathematics retesting
Over the last several years, the Mathematics Department at Penn State has
offered mathematics FTCAP retesting to students during the orientation
period prior to each semester. This has been done in a paper-and-pencil
format at the University Park campus. The decision has been made to
transform this mathematics FTCAP retesting to an online system,
alleviating the need for a paper-and-pencil mode and allowing students to
take their retest at any location where they have access to the
Internet. This new online retesting will begin this summer, allowing
students to complete their retest online prior to the second summer
session (when the UP Mathematics Department will offer its summer
courses). Once the online retesting is in place, the department will no
longer offer the retest in paper-and-pencil format.
During this transitional phase, the following procedure will be
utilized. The student interested in a mathematics FTCAP retest will
contact the Undergraduate Mathematics Office by either visiting the office
(107 Whitmore Laboratory) or calling my staff at 814-865-7528.
My staff will then input the student's identification information (student
ID number and name) into the computer system, which will then allow the
student to take the online examination a second time (at a time and
location chosen by the student). Note that the student will be required
to wait at least four weeks from the date of completing their first FTCAP
mathematics examination before they are allowed to attempt the
retest. Note also that their FTCAP mathematics information in the ISIS
system will be overwritten upon completion of the mathematics
retest. That is, their first set of FTCAP mathematics scores will be
removed and replaced by the results of this retest. Finally, note that
the student will not be retesting in English or chemistry; this retesting
will only involve the mathematics test. I want to thank the staff at the
Schreyer Institute for making this online mathematics retesting
possible. The benefits of moving to this online retesting are great; they
include uniformity in reporting results, a reduction of workload on the
part of my staff (in grading and reporting the results from the retest),
and greater flexibility in servicing students who wish to take the
mathematics FTCAP examination a second time.
If you have any questions about this new policy and procedure, please feel
free to contact me.
James A. Sellers, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Department of Mathematics
Penn State University
(E-mail communication from James Sellers, April 22, 2004; posted April 27, 2004)
New content for CMPSC 101
For fall semester 2004, the content of CMPSC 101 as taught at University Park will differ by section. C++ will be taught in sections 002 and 003, while Visual Basic will be taught in sections 001 and 004. Previously, only C++ was taught in CMPSC 101. Students should check with an academic adviser to determine which language is preferred for specific majors.
(Posted April 27, 2004)
World Campus update
The World Campus kiosk formerly located on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center has been removed. However, a World Campus representative is now available in Room 235 HUB between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the remainder of the semester. A staff member will be available at that location to process paperwork, but an adviser will not be available in the HUB. World Campus advisers are located in Cato Park and are available by phone (814-865-5403), e-mail (email@example.com), or personal appointment.
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Diane Leos, Division of Undergraduate Studies, March 29, 2004; posted April 12, 2004)
New procedures for final exam schedules announced
For many years Penn State has been actively seeking a better way to schedule final exams. The goal has always been to focus on the student and schedule exams in such a way as to eliminate direct exam conflicts, and minimize overload conflict situations (3 exams on one day, or 3 exams in consecutive exam periods). This goal has been impossible to reach by scheduling final examinations manually.
Over the past year, the Registrar's office has implemented a new automated final exam scheduling procedure. Rollout of this new service, which will be first used at the University Park campus Spring 2004, has begun:
- Training sessions for department and college staff members were held on November 5, 6 and 13.
- Department staff have entered final exam information for SP04 classes into ISIS.
- Final exam schedules for students and faculty will be available through eLion on February 23.
The direct benefits from the new system are:
- Students and faculty will receive their individualized exam schedule through eLion.
- The system is student focused. All student exam schedules will be free of direct conflicts.
- Students will be informed through their exam schedule if they have an overload conflict. Students will have the option to file for an overload conflict exam directly from their eLion exam schedule page. They no longer will need to come to the Shields Building to file for a conflict exam.
- Final exam schedules will be available three weeks earlier than in previous semesters.
- The overload conflict exam requests will be resolved three weeks earlier than in previous semesters.
- Students, faculty and departments will be notified via e-mail regarding overload conflict schedules.
- Complete exam information will be available to departments and colleges on the WEB Final Exam Schedule document. Department staff will also have access to individual student exam schedules through a new ISIS screen ARUSEF.
The Spring 2004 final exam schedules for students and faculty will be available through eLion on February 23. The overload conflict exam-filing period will be from February 23 through March 5. As overload conflict exams are resolved, students and faculty will be immediately notified by e-mail.
For further information, contact Penny Kowalski, firstname.lastname@example.org, (814-865-5091) or Garry L. Burkle email@example.com, (814-865-9141).
(From an e-mail communication from Garry Burkle, Office of the University Registrar, February 5, 2004; posted February 16, 2004)
eLion 'Adviser' update: Extended time-out
The thirty-minute time-out in the adviser section of eLion has been
increased, on a trial basis, to sixty minutes. Advisers should now be able
to keep their eLion sessions open for about an hour of inactivity before
getting the Session Expired message. This extended time-out will
be evaluated from a technical perspective to determine if it causes any
problems with the various functions of eLion.
(Posted February 16, 2004)
New eLion 'Student' feature: Alternative Majors
Alternative Majors, a new application developed by a team of academic advisers, is now available in the student section of eLion. This application provides a list of Penn State baccalaureate majors (at all locations) that are similar to any major/option selected by the student. Although this application should be particularly useful for students who are not accepted into their preferred majors as part of the annual entrance to major process, it should also be helpful to a wide variety of other students who would like to learn more about majors at Penn State. This application will be made available to advisers and prospective students in the near future.
For those who cannot access the student section of eLion, a static (i.e., non-interactive) version of Alternative Majors can be viewed in the student section of the eLion Demo. The application's Help document explains how this application was developed.
(Posted February 16, 2004)
New eLion 'Adviser' features: FTCAP Survey and Student Schedule
Two new applications, with accompanying help documents, have recently been added to the Adviser section of eLion as well as to the eLion Demo, which can be viewed by anyone.
- FTCAP Survey: View a student's responses to questions asked on the
Educational Planning Survey administered through the First-Year Testing,
Counseling and Advising Program (FTCAP).
- Student Schedule: View a student's semester schedule, in two different
formats, for the current semester or a future semester. Print the schedule
and/or send a copy of the schedule to the student.
(Posted February 2, 2004)
New Advising @ PSU feature: University forms
A new button used to identify links to University forms has been added to the Alpha Index of the Advising @ PSU website. This button, when present, provides a direct link to an official form (usually a PDF file) that pertains to a specific subject (e.g., drop/add, withdrawal, entrance to minor, concurrent majors, etc.).
(Posted January 20, 2004)
Telephone registration system to be disconnected
At the close of business on December 23, 2003, the Telephone Registration and Graduation System will be disconnected. Students will need to use the appropriate eLion application to register for courses or file their intent to graduate.
(From eLion General Messages; posted December 8, 2003)
AP/Proficiency Credit for CHEM 014
If a student earns a grade of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry exam or passes Penn State's CHEM 012 proficiency exam, then that student will now automatically be awarded credit for CHEM 014. If a student earns a grade of 5 on the College Board AP Chemistry exam and is in a major that requires CHEM 015, then that student may submit his or her high school lab notebook and/or lab reports to the Department of Chemistry's Undergraduate Programs Office, 210 Whitmore Lab, for review for a possible CHEM 015 waiver.
Although this new policy states that a student who earns a 4 or 5 on the College Board AP Chemistry exam
will automatically receive credit for CHEM 014, the Registrar's office has indicated that it will not be able to automatically award credit for CHEM 014 from the most recent AP exams (May/June 2003). It is anticipated that the automatic awarding of credit for CHEM 014 will begin with the spring 2004 AP exams. In the meantime, students who have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP exam should go to 210 Whitmore Lab and complete a form requesting credit for CHEM 014. Students should not drop off notebooks unless they are in the group that is eligible for a CHEM 015 waiver (see above).
(Adapted from an e-mail communication from Joe Keiser, Department of Chemistry, July 10, 2003; posted August 18, 2003)
CSE 103 Proficiency Exam
Incoming first-year students who plan to major in Computer Science (CMPSC) or Computer Engineering (CMPEN) and have significant programming experience in C++ should consider taking the CSE 103 Proficiency Exam. If you score above a grade of C on this exam, you will receive credit for CSE 103.
The exam is administered in a computer lab and is open book. Questions include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer. You will also be asked to write and debug short programs (the GNU g++ compiler will be used). You will have four hours to complete the exam.
The exam is offered once each year at the start of the fall semester. So even if you plan to start your programming sequence in the spring, you should take the exam this fall. You must have a Penn State Access Account to take the exam.
To register for the exam, contact Karen Corl in 202 Pond (firstname.lastname@example.org; 814-865-9505) on or before August 1, 2003. Note that enrollment is limited. Therefore admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified via e-mail of the location and time of the exam by August 15.
(From a Department of Computer Science and Engineering flier; posted June 9, 2003)
Correction/Update in Computer Science AP Exam Credit
We have just received information from Dr. Dennis Dunn of the Department of Computer
Science and Engineering that the Undergraduate Admissions Office has been notified that credit can be awarded for CSE 103 (GQ) for a grade of 4 or 5 on the Computer Science AB Advanced Placement (AP) exam for 2003. Beginning with 2004, credit will not be awarded for this exam. This correction/update supercedes previous information that had been published in a variety of sources indicating that credit would not be awarded for the Computer Science AB exam effective 2003.
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Gail Kamon, undergraduate studies programs coordinator, College of Engineering; posted May 27, 2003)
Changes in Advanced Placement (AP) credits awarded
The following changes are effective April 2003 for incoming Penn State students who took (or who will be taking) the Advanced Placement (AP) exams listed below:
Computer Science AB: While credit previously was awarded for a grade of
four or five in Computer Science and Engineering 103 (4 credits), effective
now there will be NO CREDIT AWARDED FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AB. (Important! See correction/update above posted May 27.)
English: Literature and Composition: While credit previously was awarded
for a grade of four or five as general credits of English Literature,
effective now for a grade of four or five CREDIT IS AWARDED FOR ENGLISH 001 (GH)
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Geoff Harford, Undergraduate Admissions Office; posted April 28, 2003)
Looking for ESACT courses?
Starting summer 2003, many of the ESACT (Exercise and Sport Activities) courses that meet the General Education Health and Physical Activity (GHA) requirement will now be listed as KINES (Kinesiology) courses. In particular, many of the KINES courses numbered 001099 will now count towards the GHA requirement. Questions may be directed to the ESACT Office at 863-0353.
(Adapted from the College of Health and Human Development Undergraduate Student Newsletter, April 9, 2003; posted April 14, 2003)
World Campus opens kiosk in the HUB
The administrative offices of the World Campus, providing courses to students anywhere in the world, are no longer located in Mitchell Building at the University Park campus. However, as a convenience for students, a World Campus kiosk has been established in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) at University Park. An academic adviser will be available at the kiosk to answer questions about World Campus programs; another staff member will be available to assist students with registration for World Campus courses. One or both of these staff members will be available at the kiosk weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
World Campus course catalogs are available free of charge at the kiosk. Students can register for World Campus courses at the kiosk with a check or credit card (cash is not accepted). Students can also schedule their exams for World Campus courses at the kiosk, and World Campus exams are now being given in the HUB.
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Jerry Goff, World Campus; posted April 9, 2003)
Looking for SPCOM 100?
Speech Communication 100 (SPCOM 100: Effective Speech) has been renamed Communication Arts and Sciences 100 (CAS 100) effective fall 2003.
Although the University Park Schedule of Courses booklet incorrectly lists sections of SPCOM 100 for fall semester, the correct information concerning sections of CAS 100 is available in the online Schedule of Courses. Note that Effective Speech is still being offered as SPCOM 100 for the summer session.
(Posted March 14, 2003)
Looking for CN ED 297A?
Counselor Education 297A (Effective Career Decision Making) has now been assigned a permanent course number (CN ED 100) and the number of credits has been increased to three.
The change from two credits does not reflect a great shift in course content or course requirements. Additional information about the course will be available later from Career Services.
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Matt Ishler, Career Services; posted March 14, 2003)
ISIS screens ARISDN and ARISDP
ISIS screen ARISDN, which is used to request degree audits, has been modified to require the
addition of a degree code when requesting what-if audits. For example, if you want to run a History audit, you will need to enter B A under DEGR as well as HIST under MAJOR.
ISIS screen ARISDP has been modified to display the degree code for the audit requested. These screen changes have been made in preparation for the ability to produce graduate degree audits later this year.
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Anne Kepler, Office of the University Registrar; posted March 14, 2003)
The University Faculty Senate recently approved a number of changes to the baccalaureate IST (Information Sciences and Technology) curriculum that will primarily affect freshmen, sophomores, and others who have not yet been formally admitted to the IST major.
These changes affect students at all Penn State locations. These changes do not affect current juniors, seniors, and others who have already been formally admitted to the IST major. The new IST curricular requirements are now available in the online Bulletin.
(Excerpted from an e-mail communication from Stan Supon, School of Information Sciences and Technology; posted March 14, 2003)