I’m supervising a number of independent studies this semester. In fact, I lost track of how many students talked to me at the end of last semester about my supervising their research. At the end of the “add period”, I checked my records to see how many students I had. When I did so, I discovered that one of my better students, who had been meeting regularly with me and was further along in her research than all but one of my students, was not registered.
The next time I saw her I confronted her and she told me, “Oh, I didn’t need the credits so I’m just doing the research without them. I hope that’s okay.”