Aiming to enhance the capabilities of the Student Affairs Information System
and to reduce the tension that accumulates on the elective courses during registrations,
we have developed a pre-registration program that named and defined these elective
courses as "Critical Courses". This pre-registration program is implemented
as a pilot study during 2001 Spring Semester registrations.
Students were defining insufficient criteria when taking some of the critical
courses or they were not defining any criteria at all, and they were registering
to some of the elective courses on a "first-come-first-served" basis.
Therefore, the interactive registration system experienced serious difficulties
along with unwanted interruptions during the early hours on the first day of the
registrations. These shortcomings necessitated the implementation of the pre-registration
Before the commencement of the interactive registration period, pre-registrations
to the critical courses were all carried out between January 3rd and
February 7th, 2001. The students were allowed to register to maximum
five critical courses. They were at liberty in registering to different course
sections as well as registering to separate critical elective courses. The pre-registration program was accessed both externally and internally. Eventually, student lists
were obtained as a result of the random selections, which were carried out three
times by the computer among the students that pre-registered themselves to the
critical courses. These lists were announced via Internet and the students that
appeared on the lists were allowed to take the critical courses they have previously
pre-registered themselves to.
The following five elective courses were opened during pre-registrations.
A total of 2,707 students participated in the pre-registrations and they registered
themselves to a total of 8,177 courses.