MAILED: Jan. 5, 2001
Interested in identifying plants in the Chequamegon National Forest or studying marine biology or geology on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer? How about developing your creative writing skills? Or does learning about indigenous religions of the Americas from the comforts of your own home sound appealing? How about coming to campus to study astronomy or philosophy?
If one or all of the above sound intriguing, you will want to check out the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claires Summer Session 2001 schedule.
UW-Eau Claire is offering something for everyone this summer, said Janice Morse, administrative officer for Academic Affairs. We have a number of Web-based courses, which help meet the needs of people who want to take courses but cant 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 2001.
To help people fit a summer course or two into their busy schedules, UW-Eau Claire will again offer the convenience of 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 Crisis Intervention and Violence Prevention 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.
In addition to the Web-based courses, Summer Session 2001 offers 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.
This year again, 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. Its 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 21-June 8, and the eight-week session will run June 11-Aug. 3.
For a complete schedule, see UW-Eau Claires Web site at uwec.edu or call Registration and Scheduling at (715) 836-2425.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 8, 2001