Our interview is with
Ms. Pam Braxton, Registrar at Villanova,
who will help us understand the ins and outs of your student’s course selection and registration process for Spring semester.
Fresh@News: In a few weeks, the Class of 2017 will be registering for classes for the
spring semester. How does registration work and what are some of the issues that come up?
Ms. Braxton: Since our first year students have their fall schedules created by the Registrar’s Office, this November will be the first time they will have the opportunity to register themselves and create their schedule
as they prepare for the spring 2014 semester. Obviously the choice of what courses they will take, with which teachers and at what times, is very important to them. Detailed registration information was recently emailed to our new students explaining the
registration process, including instructions about viewing their registration appointment, advisor and advisement information and checking their account for hold information that may affect the ability to register. Registration takes place through
myNOVA, which is Villanova’s web based portal.
Fresh@News: How do students find out what courses they need to take?
Ms. Braxton: At Villanova we take very seriously the role of the academic advisor. Each College at Villanova has its own system of advisement, but all of our first year students start the process by meeting with an
assigned advisor. Students should contact their advisor early; the advisor and the student determine what courses the student should take, and a registration PIN is issued by the advisor. This PIN will allow the student access to the registration form in
their myNOVA account at or after the students assigned registration time. Registration cannot take place without this PIN, which ensures that the student has been advised.
Fresh@News: Once they have the registration PIN number, how do they make up their schedule?
Ms. Braxton: First year students are assigned a registration appointment by a random lottery; they may enter the registration form in their
myNOVA account at or after their appointment time begins, by entering the registration PIN assigned by their academic advisor, and begin registering. Students can register for courses approved by their advisor for which they meet the course restrictions.
Also, each class has a maximum enrollment, so if that maximum is reached the class then becomes closed and students must select another section of that class, or another approved class that is still open. Although students cannot enter the registration form
before their assigned time, they may view the master schedule of courses at any time by going to the
Search for Classes link found under the Student tab in their account. Course availability, restrictions, faculty, pre-and co-requisites can all be viewed here, and this information is helpful in the planning stages of registration.
Fresh@News: What are some of the concerns that come up?
Ms. Braxton: Most of the classes we offer at Villanova are small in size although we do offer a few large lecture classes. While we pride ourselves on our small classes, it also means that classes can close out quickly.
As a result, students may find that they can't enroll for the course or the teacher that they want, at the time that they want.
Fresh@News: What can they do if the classes they want are closed?
Ms. Braxton: Students sometimes start with a dream schedule and then find that it just won't work out. They should be prepared to be flexible, especially about the times that they take courses. They may have to take
some classes at 8:30 AM or at 3:30 PM. If the students are having scheduling problems, the advisor may be able to recommend a different course that is part of their curriculum that they are eligible to take.
Fresh@News: Can students change their schedule after registration is over?
Ms. Braxton: One of the best things about web-based registration is that students can go into the system anytime after their assigned registration time to adjust their schedule if necessary. If a student really wants
a particular course, he or she should check myNOVA periodically to see if a seat opens up in that class. Some of the classes that are closed in November will have empty seats by the time the semester actually starts.
Fresh@News: What advice do you have for parents?
Ms. Braxton: It is probably a good idea for parents to have a general familiarity with the various interactions students have with our office, such as registration, receiving grades (which are also on
myNOVA), and eventually preparing for graduation. Parents can check our home page at
http://www.villanova.edu/enroll/registrar/ where they will find the academic calendar and other interesting information. Parents should also be aware of the federal regulations that govern what kind of
information institutions can and cannot divulge. Generally speaking, our office is not permitted to give out any information about individual student grades or progress. The University developed a “parent” view of student information through a web based system
called NOVASIS that can allow parents to see their child’s academic/administrative information with the student’s consent. This information is identical to what the student sees in
myNOVA. New students were asked to inform us of parent information this summer, and since that time, e-mails have been sent to parents of students who have agreed to allow their parents to access their information. If a parent does not have a NOVASIS
parent account they can contact the Dean of the student's college to discuss any academic concerns. If the student electronically signed the FERPA release form (which was included in the on-line booklet the students completed during the summer) then the dean
may be able to discuss with you how your student is doing. While the Registrar’s Office cannot discuss academic details of student records with parents, parents can always call us for advice on our policies and procedures. We are happy to help navigate the
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