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Winterim Enrollment Up|
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Nov. 4, 1998|
Art, kinesiology, economics, women's studies and management are just a few of the departments that will offer courses this January during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's fourth Winterim session.
Approximately 765 UW-Eau Claire students are expected to enroll in 38 courses a 22 percent increase over the 622 who enrolled a year ago. Most Winterim classes will meet every weekday for three hours Jan. 4-22.
"I am very pleased with the increase," said Jan Morse, an administrative officer in academic affairs. "In addition, we still have the benefit of having relatively small class sizes. For a three-week intensive course, it's good to have the small classes so people get the attention they need."
It's encouraging that 12 additional courses were offered during Winterim this year, some from academic areas that had not before offered a Winterim class, Morse said. For example, journalism is offering its first-ever Winterim course, as is the School of Nursing, she said.
"Things are looking very good," Morse said of Winterim. "I'm pleased with the level of interest on the part of both students and faculty. We keep getting new offerings every year and that's good for the students. If students have a larger selection of classes, they can complete their degrees more quickly than they might otherwise."
Students who enroll in Winterim typically want to be on a track that would allow them to graduate earlier than they otherwise could or are behind in their efforts to earn a degree and they are trying to catch up, Morse said.
"Also, because it's an intensive three weeks, it allows students to immerse themselves in their discipline and get an experience they would not normally get when they are taking other classes for 16 weeks," she said.
Morse said she would like to see the program grow to about 1,000 students enrolled, simply because it is such a benefit to students.
Those interested in enrolling in Winterim can do so up until the day that classes begin, Morse said. However, classes with low enrollments will be canceled in November so it's best if students register early, she said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 5, 1998