January 2013 Archives

January 7, 2013

A Civic Project story


Kelsey Elizabeth Bryner, an IUP art history major, says she will graduate in 2014 -- later than her peers -- because of class-scheduling problems. Photo by Amanda Miller.




By Amanda Miller


INDIANA -- When Kelsey Elizabeth Bryner came to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in fall 2009, she was convinced she would graduate on time in four years. Three years later, Bryner, a 22-year-old art history major, prepared to watch her friends graduate without her.


Bryner said she had planned to graduate in May 2013 at the end of what was supposed to be her senior year. Instead, she said she will be graduating in May 2014. The reason: Every academic year, she had trouble enrolling in classes required for graduation.


"I should be graduating with my friends," said Bryner, during an Oct. 12 interview at her home on School Street. "But now I have to suck it up and watch them graduate without me."


For the past four years, Bryner said she knew she needed to take science classes to graduate, like geoscience and biology. Every time she scheduled for classes, however, all of the science spots were filled.  This year, Bryner was prepared to make sure that she got into the science classes she needed.


But when she met with her academic adviser, she discovered that all of the science classes were already waitlisted, which meant the courses were already filled. Students who wanted to enroll had added their names to a waiting list on the University Records and Systems Assistant, or URSA 


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