At a Glance - December 7, 2020

Dec 16, 2020
Register for Spring Courses - December 7, 2020
Spring registration is upon us! It is recommended to register as soon as your time ticket opens. At that time, you can register for both first and second 8-week courses. Please make sure that you check our website for details on course offerings– CRN’s, live sessions. Not sure how to register? View instructions on how to register for classes on our website. If you need help picking out classes or have questions regarding registration, please visit us at our new Express Advising or Office Hours to quickly get answers to your questions!
University Closure - Winter Break
The university will be closed December 24 - January 3 and all staff will be out of the office during this time. In addition, Advising Office Hours and Express Advising will conclude for the semester on Friday, December 18. We look forward to connecting with you when the university reopens on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Final Grades
Official final grades are due from faculty by December 23. You can log into Student Self Service December 24 and later to view your official final grade report. Unofficial grades may be posted in Compass 2g sooner.
News: Marketing in a Digital World Ranked Among the Top 30
Aric Rindfleisch's Marketing in a Digital World has been ranked among the top 30 most popular MOOCs of all time by Online Course Report. Digital marketing has been one of the most promising areas of the American job market for years. This fact combined with the top tier instructor of this MOOC contributes to it being one of the most popular courses on Coursera. Read more here.
Upcoming MOOC Revision: MBA 561 & MBA 563
The Coursera content for MBA 561: Introduction to Business Analytics: Data and the Firm & MBA 653: Data Toolkit - Business Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics will be undergoing revisions to make necessary improvements to the MOOC content. It is recommended that you do not begin working on these MOOCs until the revisions are completed. If you have previously completed the MOOCs for these courses, then you have met the certificate requirement of these courses.
Graduating in Spring 2021?
Students finishing their program in Spring 2021 will need to add their name to the degree list. We recommend doing this at the same time of registering for your Spring 2021 courses. You can find instructions on how to add your name to the degree list here.

iMBA students will need to register for the Program Capstone, MBA 591, 48 hours after adding their name to the degree list. MBA 591 is a requirement for iMBA students in their final term.

May 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
The University of Illinois continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its potential impact on university events. At this time, the university has not yet made a decision about Commencement for May 2021. The university’s COVID-19 information page is a good source for the latest information about the virus and its impact on university operations and plans.
Webinar: Do Data Analysts Need Cookies?
Thursday, December 10| 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST | Register Here
Snickerdoodle cookies are delicious morsels of food that provide energy to data analysts so that they can perform their work. Website cookies are an important tool used to provide data for analysis. In this webinar from Online Programs, Ron Guymon, senior lecturer of accountancy, will discuss the work performed by data analysts, which is much more than running fancy algorithms. Kevin Hartman, director of analytics for Google's Consumer, Government & Entertainment sector, will discuss how our current browsing experience depends on website cookies, and the potential implications of Apple and Google blocking cookies.
December Convocation
Saturday, December 19| 10:00 am | Join Here
Save the Date! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person December Convocation ceremonies for Gies College of Business will not take place as scheduled. Our virtual Convocation for graduates of our online programs (iMSA and iMBA) will take place on Saturday, December 19 at 10 am US Central Time. We invite all students to attend and celebrate the incredible accomplishment of our iMBA and iMSA students. Join using the link above or with the following information: Zoom Meeting ID: 829 7227 4259;Zoom Meeting Password: webinar. Share the attached invitation with your family and friends who do not have an Illinois Zoom Account.