The UTM Office of the Registrar has recently unveiled its new system of booking and cancelling academic advising appointments, which was released on Monday, October 29th.
The system now allows students to book an appointment for a scheduled time slot of 15 minutes. In order to book an appointment students must arrive at the “Express Desk” preferably before 12:00 pm and as early as 8:50 am. What remains is the “first-come, first-serve” way of booking appointments, which means during busy periods students will still have to come in quite early to assure they have a spot.
Among the changes towards the way students book appointments is the way they interact with scheduled meetings after booking. There’s now a way to directly check-in with an advisor to let them know whether or not the student will be able to make the appointment through a confirmation email after booking. The Office of the Registrar says they are also, “introducing a self-serve computer station at the Express Desk to allow you to cancel any of your appointments […] without having to line up again.”
In previous years, the Office of the Registrar has had a self-serve station so students could book appointments without having to wait in line and speak to the Express Desk staff.
Many students have consistently criticized the Office of the Registrar for having long wait times throughout the year.
Max Jogada, a third year student studying history and political science, told The Medium that he thinks the changes are “a good idea, but I don’t know if they can make [the Office of the Registrar] more efficient. To make it more efficient you just need more administrators I think.”
Jogada recommended the Office adjust it’s hours to make advisors more available.