University News
For Immediate Release: 
Nov 06 2005

Concord Launches On-line Registration Today Through “Ellie”

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University is leaping into a whole new world of technology for current students. Beginning today, students will be able to register online for classes and much more.

Students will be able to register for their classes, check their account information and the status of their financial aid, and see their final grades before the grades are mailed by the registrar. “We are very excited about this advancement because it is something that the students have wanted for a long time and there is so much information in the system they can review,” Carolyn Cox, registrar, said.

The new options will only be available to students who are currently enrolled at the institution. Traditional forms of registration will still be available for those who prefer it.

The online registration program is named “Ellie” after Ellen Pennington, an employee who worked at Concord for 28 years. Before her retirement, she worked in the computer center, the office responsible for implementing online registration.

The financial aid side of the program will enable students to access and view the status of their financial aid for the spring 2006 semester. “It is the hope of the financial aid office that Ellie is going to make the financial aid process easier for students. They should have access to their financial aid information as soon as it is available. They should also be able to see any information that is still required of them in order to complete the financial aid process,” Patricia Harmon, director of financial aid, said.

The computer center, under the direction of John Spencer, installed the software for Concord. All courses, time slots and pre-requisites had to be entered before Ellie could be tested and launched. “The program itself was very complicated and had to be followed step-by-step with many ‘what ifs,’” Spencer said.

The SGA (Student Government Association at Concord) provided $30,000 dollars to the university to purchase the program.

Seniors (90+ earned hours) may begin using the program today. Juniors (60-89 hours) may register for the spring semester beginning tomorrow and sophomores (30-59 hours) will be granted access on Wednesday. Freshmen (fewer than 30 hours) may log on Friday. Students will have access until December 19 to make schedule changes.

For information on attending Concord call 1-888-384-5249 or 1-304-384-5248 or e-mail admissions@concord.edu.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Stephanie Harmon, a senior majoring in communication arts wrote this news release. Her hometown is Princeton, W.Va.

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