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New program guarantees classes for students in four majors


Register for classes once. Never have to register again.

All your classes always guaranteed so you can graduate in four years.

This is the promise of FIU’s new block enrollment program being offered for the Spring 2014 semester. The program is being rolled out in January for freshmen in four majors: international business, management, psychology, and hospitality and tourism management. In coming semesters, more majors may be added.

Registration for block enrollment is now open. To participate, students must contact the block enrollment advisors listed under Contact Us here.

For years, FIU students have complained that they are unable to get the classes they need to graduate on time. In a recent survey by Academic Affairs, 62 percent of 8,200 upperclass undergraduates indicated that the No. 1 obstacle to graduation is the difficulty of securing seats in required classes.

Block enrollment was designed as a pilot program to try to respond to that problem, says Vice Provost Elizabeth Bejar. Students in the program are guaranteed a seat in the classes they need and their courses are preloaded every semester.

“We are making class registration as easy as possible in the block program,” she said. “Once you sign, up we have mapped out your schedule for the next four years and we’ll take care of registering you every semester. The program is a direct path to graduation in four years.”

Block classes are offered in a set schedule from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, every semester. The set class schedule allows students to more easily organize their work schedule, study time and extracurricular activities. The program does require students to attend during the summer. All of the classes in Spring 2014, even for hospitality, are at the Modesto Maidique Campus.

Each block provides students with 12-15 credits of classes; however, there is no minimum required number of credits to participate in the block program. Students are free to opt out of one of the block classes if, for instance, they have already taken the class. Along with required classes, each block includes any suggested elective requirements. Students are free to swap out the elective for a different one if they want; however, those swaps may not be guaranteed with the block time schedule.

“We are being as flexible as possible as we introduce the block program,” she said. “The goal is to be as responsive to our students and to ensure that as an institution we minimize administrative barriers to student success and graduation.”

Block classes for Spring 2014 are comprised of the classes a second-semester freshman in each major would likely be taking. They include:

Hospitality and tourism management:

ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics

ENC 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II

HFT 2441 Hospitality Information Tehnology

SYG 2000 or REL 3308 Elective Intro to Sociology or Studies in World Religion

Management

ENC 1102 English Comp II

MAC 1140 Pre-calculus Algebra

ECO 2023 Introduction to Microeconomics

CGS 2100 Intro to Microcomputer Applications for Business

Psyschology

DEP 2000 Human Growth and Development

CLP 2001 Personal Adjustment

STA 2122 Statistics I

ENC 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II

ANT 3241 Myth, Ritual and Mysticism

International business

ENC 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II

MAC 1140 Pre-calculus Algebra

ECO 2023 Introduction to Microeconomics

CGS 2100 Intro to Microcomputer Applications for Business

To enroll in the block program, please contact a block advisor:

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Nathan Dodge

Phone: 305 919-4127

Email: nathan.dodge@fiu.edu

HM 366

International Business

Sylvanna Perez

Phone: 305 348-0051

Email: syepere@fiu.edu

CBC 121

Management

Sylvanna Perez

Phone: 305 348-0051

Email: syepere@fiu.edu

CBC 121

Psychology

Gali Milbauer

Phone: 305-348-0146

Email: gmilbaue@fiu.edu

ESC 488