‘The frog in the well knows
nothing of the great ocean.’ Since childhood, many of us have heard this
proverb, and wanted to widen our mental horizons. Therefore, we learned many
fields of study, or went on a trip abroad. Beside those activities, there is
another program. It is ‘the Cross Registration System’. This semester, the
University Administration will continue to make progress in ‘the Cross
Registration System’ with other universities, who also participated last
semester. Yet, many students do not participate in this program, because they do
not know what it is. It is time to find the reason, and fix this great program
to help students.
The Cross Registration System was introduced in 1997.Chung-Ang University has contracts through the Cross
Registration System with 18 universities up to now.
The aim of the Cross Registration System is to give more class
selections to students, and to reinvigorate exchanges among the universities.
The Ministry of Education states the requirements for exchanges in Articles 9,
and 23 of the Higher Education Act. The Ministry of Education recommends the
Cross Registration System to universities on one background condition. They said
that the number of participants and classes must reflect well in the evaluations
of each university. For this reason, Chung-Ang University supports the Cross Registration
System, and allows students to enroll under mutual registration with the other
18 universities contracted with CAU.
What is the merit of the Cross Registration System? For the university,
it can not only increase academic exchanges among the universities’ professors
and research projects, but also strengthen university competitiveness through
inter-university contributions. ‘Many hands make light work’. The Cross
Registration System helps accomplishment that, which no single university can do
For students, the Cross Registration System broadens the choices of
courses. It allows students to get more detailed knowledge or access to
knowledge in a particular subject, which they want to have. It also helps widen
their knowledge by exchanging opinions with students from other universities.
Furthermore, keeping in touch with students from other universities expands the
students’ human relationships. Lastly, the Cross Registration System helps
students to experience the atmosphere at another university; students are
encouraged by the differences of their own
Despite the Cross Registration System’s benefits, students rarely
apply. In fact, many students do not even know about this good system. This
indicates that the Cross Registration System has some problems. So then, let’s
inquire into the cause.
First, the application process of the Cross Registration System is
complicated. Also the method of application for courses is different with each
university, many students become confused. Nam Ji-yeun (Sungshin Women’s University,
Department of Family Culture and Consumer Science, senior) applied for the Cross
Registration System to KonKuk University last semester. However, she
felt confused and troubled during the application process. First, she selected a
university and classes on the homepage of university and completed the
application. After the professor in charge gave permission for her to apply, she
had to meet the adviser and the chairman for their approval several times. For
example, if I want to attend a class on the Principals of Business
Administration, I have to present an application to the professor in charge, an
adviser, and the Chairman of Business Administration.
addition, Nam Ji-yeun said that the application
is inconvenience, because the university will only received applications for
three days. Sungshin Women’s university registered courses for all the students
at the same time. On the other hand, KonKuk University added a requirement by grade
for the registration of courses. Finally, cross registration students have to
register for courses at the tail end of the registration period. Students from
the home university would get first choice, and the cross registration student
has to wait and hope for class availability. If she could not register at that
time, she would have to start over.
Third, the limitation of registration causes a waste of student’s time.
Despite The Ministry of Education’s recommendation that a student can register
for up to 12 credits, some universities limit registration to 6 credits. This
means that during a semester a student could go to their original university one
day, and then go to the cross registration university the next or both in the
Fourth, there is a problem with geographical locations. For example,
Chung-Ang University concluded an agreement with Cheju National
University- located in Cheju Island- in July, 2005. But it was hard for
students to overcome the distance and location issues during a regular semester.
The universities do not support the transportation between the universities, and
seldom are their furnished student’s dormitory rooms. Thus, it is a difficult
condition to students, who apply to the Cross Registration System during regular
Fifth, this has to do with the deteriorated and insufficient
facilities. Even though a university accepts many students, they do not have
enough space, such as class rooms, to offer
Lastly, public relations (PR) of universities about the system are
insufficient. Therefore, the Cross Registration System is unknown to most
students. About 51.2 % of university students do not know about the Cross
Registration System, according to a survey by Campus times. Furthermore, the
number of exchange universities with Chung-Ang University was small in number before
2006, so only a few students applied to this system.
The Cross Registration System has several problems. Then, how can we
fix the problem?
Inconvenience with the application process can be solved by using the
Internet. When they keep pace with the times, universities can widen their range
of vision toward the digital era. In this case, students do not have to submit
applications by direct contact with a professor in charge, an adviser and the
chairman, but they are given permission to apply by using the Internet. When the
cross registration students apply for courses, universities should treat them
the same as their own university students. Since the meaning of the Cross
Registration System is to give chances to students, universities must put away
their discriminations about other university
And the maximum number of credits for registration to the Cross
Registration System should be kept to the regulations according to The Ministry
of Education’s recommendation, which increases registration up to 12 credits at
another university. Top private and public universities avoid the Cross
Registration System, because they think that it will deprive their own
university’s students. So some universities have a limitation on the number of
students they accept. Universities have to get rid of this passive position.
The problems with distance can be possibly solved with a summer
program. The University offers a dormitory for students at this summer program,
and the university gives temporary student’s identification for students of
Cross Registration System. Then, students can use facilities. Lastly, a combined
homepage is necessary to increase the exchanges between the
When you want to apply for the Cross Registration System, you have to
pay attention to these matters.
Check whether the university has put in an operation application of courses by
order of arrival or not.
Check whether the class will conclude graduation registrations or not.
Check where you have to pay registration fees.
You must make sure about the information concerning these three
At this point in time, cooperation and
exchange among universities are more important than before. In addition, the
Cross Registration System is clearly a sufficient condition for accomplishing
goals. It is necessary to come together. Some universities that are located
nearby have made a strong arrangement with each university. For instance, there
are many universities in Shin-Chon, Seoul. The universities in this area started
the cooperation service that interchange information about students, school
personal, scientific material and others. Chung-Ang University has to get with the trends of
the times. When universities seek these primary objectives through the Cross
Registration System, it will be helpful for a healthy development and
cooperation of universities.
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