MAILED: July 16, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- About 2,500 students are enrolled in summer classes at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this year _ up 8 percent from 1997.The enrollment figures include four sections of summer session: a three-week interim, two four-week terms and one eight-week term.
This summer's figures may be due in part to an increase in publicity and a special emphasis on enrollment by university faculty and deans, said Jan Morse, special assistant to the vice chancellor and summer session director.
Graduate student enrollment in summer classes has increased 30 percent and the number of juniors enrolled has risen about 23 percent, Morse said.
"I am generally pretty pleased with what's taken place," she said.
Summer courses offer a variety of benefits.
"Summer session has a tendency to be a little more of a relaxed atmosphere for students and faculty," Morse said. "[And] it's a chance to catch up if students have fallen behind in number of credits, or in some cases students can accelerate graduation by going to summer session."
Summer session provides an opportunity to offer courses not normally offered, which in turn provides new experiences for students, she said.
"It really is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in their discipline in a way that they often can't do during the academic year," Morse said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 17, 1998