restricting shop and drops
wanting to enroll for 18 hours were forced to wait until the first
day of classes.
Students who shop and drop classes has led the registrar
to prohibit students from registering for more than 17 hours until
the first day of class, university officials said.
Shop and drop is when students enroll for 18 hours and drop a class
the first week of school once they find out if the class is hard,
said Patrick Miller, registrar and director of enrollment management.
We have rational students who shop and drop classes, Miller
The restriction, which went into effect last year, has already been
criticized by some students.
Junior Perry Cottrell said he was surprised to learn over winter break
that he couldnt enroll for his money and banking course.
When I tried to enroll in the course there were errors saying
I couldnt enroll for more than 17 hours, said Cottrell,
a marketing and entrepreneurial management major. I then went
to the business building to fill out the maximum unit load form, which
allows students to enroll for 18 hours or more.
Cottrell went back to the business building and administrators said
he couldnt enroll for 18 hours until the first day of class.
But Miller said more students will have the opportunity to enroll
in the classes they need because they will not be held by students
who intend to shop and drop. That means more classes will be open
for underclassmen and new students since they generally enroll later,
The policy accommodates the flat-rate tuition plan that allows students
to take 12 to 18 hours for the same price, Miller said. Students without
the block tuition plan pay on a hourly basis.
Students under the hourly tuition plan who enrolled for 18 hours
and dropped a class had to pay for some of the hours dropped,
When TCU finally switched to a block tuition plan, students could
drop hours without paying for it, Miller said.
I think everyone has enrolled in classes and then dropped one,
said Angela Stodieck, junior middle school education major. However,
I dont think its right when students intentionally enroll
in a class just to see if its hard or easy and then decide to
Stodieck said other students could need those classes for their major.
Cottrell said his decision to enroll in a 3000 or 4000 level classes
wont hurt underclassmen because they arent permitted to
enroll in those courses.
While the policy makes sense in theory, it does not work,
Cottrell said. I can understand why the registrar has implemented
the rule, but the inflexibility of the policy makes it very difficult
for students who are following a rigid degree plan.
Cottrell said he felt students holding classes for themselves wasnt
a large enough problem to implement a restrictive policy.
The enrollment policy prevents a large problem, while maintaining
class enrollment for everyone, Miller said.
I think the larger problem is that the university does not offer
enough classes to satisfy students needs, Cottrell said.