University Offers Options for Summer School Courses
KINGSVILLE - March 25, 2009
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University alters summer school schedule to accommodate changes in public school calendar
Officials at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have altered the summer school calendar to accommodate changes in the area public school calendars and to give more options to students wishing to continue their classes during the summer months.
"Our primary goal in developing a new and unique summer school schedule has been to customize a class schedule which is flexible and can meet the needs of our student population," said Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College. "Classroom teachers will not be completing spring classes at their public schools until early June, so beginning summer school in late May is not an option for them. High school seniors who want to get a head start on college were preparing for graduation while we were beginning summer classes."
In addition, Brown said, the compressed summer to fall schedule made it difficult to create windows of time where faculty and staff could prepare for the next term. For example, last year residence life had less than a week to prepare to open the halls before students arrived for the fall semester.
The university will offer two four-week sessions from Monday, June 8, through Friday, July 3, and from Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 31. One eight-week session also will be offered from Monday, June 8, through Thursday, July 30. Courses in the four-week sessions will meet for two hours a day Monday through Friday. Eight-week courses will meet Monday through Thursday for one hour and 15 minutes.
Other classes, called hybrid courses also will be held. These courses will meet at various times under various situations. As an example, one course may meet in the traditional classroom Monday through Wednesday while students complete the remainder of the week online. These hybrid courses will provide relief for commuting students by reducing the number of times they must come to campus or for working students who may be able to put in more hours at their workplace, Brown said.
Some courses may meet in yet another format may meet for longer hours fewer days per week with extra work online.
"One size doesn't fit all," he said. "Some classes are perfectly adapted for the four-week session, however; others are perhaps best suited for the longer format given the difficulty and magnitude of the course content."
Because this year's summer school student schedules may not fit into the traditional schedules, the Office of Residence Life and the food service provider Sodexo are looking at developing unique options to adapt to students' needs.
Comparing the enrollment in summer 2009 with that of 2008 will be the most direct way to determine if this year's options helped students, Brown said. "We also will look at student success in their classes to see if the modestly compressed schedule had any impact."
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