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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Offers Variety of
Experiences in Summer Courses
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MAILED: Jan. 3, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — Interested in studying marine biology on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer? How about spending a few weeks studying Latin American literature in Mexico? Or does learning about American Indian history from the comforts of your own home sound appealing? How about coming to campus to study astronomy?
If one or all of the above sound intriguing, you will want to check out the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session 2000 schedule.
"UW-Eau Claire is offering something for everyone this summer," said Janice Morse, administrative officer for Academic Affairs. "We are offering a number of Web-based courses, helping meet the needs of people who want to take courses but don't want to come to campus to do it. Opportunities to study in Mexico or to study at field sites throughout the United States will again be offered this summer. And, we are offering about 200 undergraduate and graduate courses on campus during Summer Session 2000."
The most significant change to UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session lineup is the addition of the Web-based courses, Morse said, noting that she expects the courses to be of interest to working adults who want to take classes without taking time away from jobs or families during set hours. Courses can be taken from students' homes or wherever they have access to a computer with Internet service. All discussions, assignments, tests and other course-related materials will be accessed via the Internet.
The topics of several of the Web-based courses will likely be of great interest to people with a variety of interests and backgrounds, Morse said. For example, a class titled "Violence Prevention and Crisis Intervention" will address the need for and creation of violence prevention and crisis intervention programs for schools and communities, she said.
"While we expect working adults to be particularly interested in the Web courses, the classes also will allow currently enrolled students to earn credits while traveling or going home to work for the summer," Morse said. "In effect, they can get a step ahead in their degree completion while pursuing other interests in the summer."
Besides the Web-based courses, there are more than 200 courses that may be taken on campus in disciplines across campus, Morse said. Students also may pursue their studies at off-campus locations, by taking courses in Latin American civilization, history, literature and art in Monterrey, Mexico, or by studying marine biology and geology at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, Miss.
For the first time, students can pay their UW-Eau Claire Summer Session tuition and fees using a MasterCard or Visa. Payment will be accepted in person, in a written request or by phone.
"The credit card payment is a pilot project for the Summer Session only," Morse said. "It will be evaluated at the end of the session to determine if credit card payments will continue for future summer sessions. It's one more thing we are experimenting with to make it more convenient for people to take classes in the summer. A student will be able to register for a class, pay for it and actually complete the course, all without ever stepping foot on campus."
Summer session registration begins Feb. 1. The three-week Summer Session will run May 30-June 16, and the eight-week session will run June 19-Aug. 11.
For a complete schedule, see UW-Eau Claire's Web site at or call Registration and Scheduling at (715) 836-2425.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Jan. 3, 2000