WHO —> PAIN:
1. There is a student who wants to cross register at Berkeley —> can't work commute into their schedule for just one class across town.
2. There is a transfer student with 3-4 semesters to be completed at Mills —> between major requirements and thesis, no room for breadth/depth in class programming.
3. There is a student who wants to add an Interdisciplinary Masters in Computer Science —> can't take pre-reqs while completing B.A. because of major requirements/thesis.
4. There is a single parent —> can't commit to 15 weeks for only one course.
5. There is an instructor who wants to mix students at lower div/upper div/graduate levels —> University Need: 30+ students need Intro courses; deficit in knowledge at lower div levels
6. There is an instructor with outside employment —> can't teach daytime classes
7. There is an OUSD high school student who wants to take college level classes @ Mills —> can only attend in evenings
8. There is a transfer student with no declared major —> not enough time to explore subjects of interest because of GE requirements.
HOW MIGHT WE….
How might we Smash the Semester for a student who wants to cross register at Berkeley so that they can maximize resources at multiple campuses & intellectual communities?
WHAT IF WE…
What if we allowed Mills students to take more than one course a semester at Berkeley…we'll call it "Cal Day"…
what if we gave better access to Berkeley's course catalogs during Mills registration by showing the courses that are acceptable for xreg (i.e. they are not offered at Mills)?
Story: there is an Anth student at Mills College who can't find enough Anth electives to create a Anthropology program and can't commit to commuting to Berkeley x2 a week for the payoff of just one Anth course. Our product increases the cap on enrollment at Cal to 2 courses per semester and retains the limit of only allowing xreg in courses that are not currently offered at Mills.
This allows students to great a program with breadth/depth and allows department faculty to focus on specialized courses (which may attract more cross registration from Berkeley students). E.g. a Mills student who needs intro to Anth cross registers at Cal and a student who wants to take the Anth of Cooking is enticed to cross register at Mills.
Adding the available/acceptable courses at Berkeley to the Mills catalog streamlines the xreg process and makes cross registration at Berkeley a part of the rule instead of the exception. Since Mills and Berkeley already have a matriculation agreement, the questions really is, why not now?