WAIT “POOL” INFO: IMPORTANT!
The most important thing for students to remember with the waitpool system is that "crashing" classes is still encouraged and should be used to increase the chances of getting your desired class.
Q: What’s a wait pool? How is that different from a wait LIST?
A: Being in a wait POOL for a class means that when a seat opens up, ALL of the students in the wait pool will receive an email notifying them that a seat has opened up so they have a chance to enroll. If it were a “list” then it would go in order. Please note: Students who are NOT in the wait pool can also dynamically add into that open seat if they happen to get lucky and see the opening. The folks in the “wait pool” will be notified about the opening which is a perk.
Q: Confirming your spot in the waitpool: What is this about?
A: Once the drop payment deadline has passed, those students who are in the waitpool for a class will have to confirm that they want to maintain their status as being in the waitpool. This confirmation is done via the Corsair Connect account. For those student who fail to confirm their spot in the waitpool, they will be dropped from that waitpool list and other students will be able to gain that waitpool spot. The deadline to do this: June 9th, 2014 for the Summer semester & August 19th, 2014 for the Fall semester.
Q: Should I still “crash” classes during the first week if the class is closed and I’m not even in the wait pool?
A: YES! Not being in the wait pool should NEVER discourage anyone from "crashing" into a class. The final decision is up to the instructor and in many cases, students fail to show up on the first day which gives a huge opportunity for those students willing to crash to get into their desired class.
Q: Does this mean that the first person in the wait pool will automatically get placed into an open seat?
A: No. It’s a “pool” not a list.
Q: So let me get this straight: If I’m in the wait pool and anyone else can grab the open seats, then what are the benefits of being in a wait pool for a class?
A: Benefits include the following:
Students in the wait pool are notified via email if seats open up. Students in the wait pool are also given 8 hours of priority access to any openings generated by the nonpayment drop deadline. This priority access is for only 8 hours starting 4 a.m. - 12 noon the day after the drop payment deadline (Summer 2014: June 5th at 4 a.m. & Fall 2014: July 31st at 4 a.m.) This is a huge benefit. You won’t be fighting thousands of folks to get an open seat…just the other folks in the smaller wait pool (which is 25% of the class size). Once open enrollment closes, each filled class will have a prioritized wait list appended to the class roster for use by faculty who wish to provide add codes to students.
Q: How do I get in the wait pool for a class?
A: If you are trying to enroll into a section that is full you will be prompted with a message that asks if you would like to be added to the wait pool for this section. You will have to click an acknowledgement statement saying that you understand how the system works before being allowed into the pool.
Q: Can I get in a whole bunch of wait pools for one type of course (ex: English 1)?
A: No. This is not a class shopping tool. You will only be able to get into one wait pool for each course. You will be allowed to place yourself in a maximum of 2 wait pools (Ex: two different courses- English 1 and Math 20).
Q: How big is the wait pool for each class?
A: The number of students in the pool will be 25% of the enrollment limit for that course. Once a class fills, students who attempt to enroll in it would be offered a chance to place themselves in the wait pool until the pool is also full.
Q: Can I put myself into ANY wait pools for any classes?
A: No. Policies that apply to enrollment in the course would also apply to getting into a wait pool (i.e. computer enforced prereqs would be checked, etc).
Q: What if I’m getting close to my enrollment unit max? Can I still get into two wait pools?
A: Students can exceed the maximum number of units allowed but they would be advised that they would not be able to add the class (if a seat opened up) without dropping another.
Q: What about wait pools and time conflicts with other classes that I’m already enrolled in? How does that work?
A: Students may not place themselves in a wait pool if the time slot conflicts with another course in which they are enrolled or are in the wait pool.
Q: What if I am already enrolled in a class, but I want to be in another section because I like the other meeting time better? Can I be in the wait pool for other sections of the same course?
A: Students may not place themselves in a wait pool for a course if they are also enrolled or in the pool for another section of the same course.
Q: Okay, I’m in the wait pool for a class and a seat opens up! I get put into the open seat, right?
A: No. If a seat opens up in a class prior to the start of the semester/session, all students in the waiting pool for that section will receive simultaneous email notification of the opening when it occurs. Note that the open seat will also be available to the general student population, not just to those in the pool. If a student from the waiting pool is added to the class, a new space would open up in the pool.
Q: So, once a class is full and the waiting pool is full, my best shot at getting into the class would be the following:
1. Keep trying to get into an open space in the class, or the wait pool. Remember, spaces in the wait pool may open up as wait pool people move into open seats or you might get lucky and grab an open space right away!
2. If I get in the wait pool, I should check my email often for notices that a space opened up. There’s no guarantee that I will get this open spot, but I get a heads-up that a spot has become available.
3. I should take advantage of the fact that students in the wait pool are given 8 hours of priority access to any openings generated by the nonpayment drop deadlines (Summer 2014, waitpool folks can add into open spaces on June 5th at 4 a.m. & Fall 2014, waitpool folks can add into open spaces on July 31st at 4 a.m.)
4. I need to attend this section on the first day of classes. If there are open seats in the class the instructor may look at the wait list to help decide who could get an add code.
A: Yes. You’re on the right path!
Q: I’m in a wait pool for two classes. When the payment deadline arrives, how will I use my “special 8-hour access” to get into open seats in those sections (only)?
A: At 7p.m. students will be dropped who have not paid for their seats. Then students in the waiting pool for a class will be notified at that time via email if a space opens in the class for which they are waiting. They will be able to start to add into those open spaces at 4 a.m. the next morning (Summer 2014: June 5th, 2014 & Fall 2014: July 31st, 2014) and will have 8 hours to enroll in the class and pay for it while spaces remain available. It’s not a guarantee that you will get a space, but it certainly improves your odds. At 12 p.m. the same day, (Summer 2014: June 5th & Fall 2014: July 31st), any remaining open seats will be made available to the general student population. This is one of the greatest advantages to students in the waiting pool.
Q: I’m in a wait pool for a class. What should I do the first day of class?
A: Before classes start, keep trying to enroll into open spaces in that section (you will get emails if a space opens up.) If you’re not able to get into the class, then be sure to attend the first class meeting for that section. The instructor may have open seats and may possibly use the wait list as a way to decide who should get an add code first.
Q: If I get an add code for an ONLINE class, what do I do?
A: Online students who receive an add code for a class will be warned that they must use the add code and log into the class within a day or risk being dropped. They should also be sure to pay by midnight the same day to avoid being dropped for nonpayment.
Q: Why aren’t students in the waiting pool being kept as an ordered list, with the top person automatically added to the class when a seat opens up? Shouldn’t SMC let the folks at the top of the list have a chance to get into the class first?
A: This system was used in the past at SMC and created a host of problems. Many students get onto a waiting list months before the start of classes and actually forget that they were on the list at all. The lesson we learned from past experience is that we really need students to actively indicate that they wish to be added to a class.