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UW-Eau Claire Winterim
Enrollment at Record High
MAILED: Jan. 10, 2000|
Enrollment in the 2000 Winterim session is up 29 percent from the 1999 session at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
There are 1,140 students enrolled in courses during the three-week session, which runs from Jan. 3-21. In 1999, 881 students were enrolled in Winterim courses.
"We're very, very pleased with the increase," said Janice Morse, administrative officer for Academic Affairs. "It's very exciting to see students taking advantage of an opportunity that will help them complete their degrees more quickly. I hope to see those numbers continue to grow in the future."
Students who enroll in Winterim typically want to be on a track that would allow them to graduate earlier than they otherwise could or who are behind in their efforts to earn a degree and are trying to catch up, Morse said.
Forty-eight courses were offered during 2000 Winterim, up from the 34 offered a year ago. Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, with most classes meeting every weekday for three hours. Despite the increase in enrollment, class sizes are still relatively small, giving students the attention they need during an intensive course, Morse said.
Particularly exciting this year was a Winterim study abroad opportunity that allowed 15 UW-Eau Claire biology students to take an ecology course in the Bahamas, Morse said.
"I would like to see us expand the study abroad opportunities during future Winterim sessions," Morse said. "This is a great time for a student to experience another culture and not have to be away from the UW-Eau Claire campus for an entire semester."
In response to student requests, campus facilities have been open longer during this Winterim session. For example, two restaurants are open this year in Davies Center, computer labs are open longer hours and the McIntyre Library extended its hours to better accommodate the needs of Winterim students, Morse said.
"We are working hard to find out what services our Winterim students feel they need and then are trying to meet those needs," Morse said. "We're hearing many positive comments this year about the additional services."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 10, 2000