Earlier registration, more courses on tap for summer
November 20, 2012
Students may begin enrolling in summer classes during winter quarter registration rather than the spring. They will see summer courses in Campus Connect in late January and can place them in their course carts beginning Feb. 11.
Approved recently by Academic Council, the new registration date is designed to boost summer enrollments.
“Taking summer classes can be attractive for many types of students,” says Anne Clark Bartlett, English professor and special assistant to the Provost for Innovation and Academic Planning. “Summer coursework can accelerate degree completion, allow students to move more quickly to advanced courses and provide scheduling flexibility to accommodate internships or Study Abroad during the regular quarters.”
Allows earlier planning for summer enrollment
DePaul’s colleges and schools plan to offer additional classes and more innovative curriculum in summer sessions. The College of Science and Health, for example, will offer students the option of completing all three foundational classes in chemistry in the summer.
Also, the School of Hospitality Leadership will offer classes leading to a minor, while students from across the majors will be able to take more online versions of liberal studies courses. These new educational offerings address the learning needs of students and support Vision 2018 goal of enhancing academic quality.
A working group of faculty and staff has been formed to implement the earlier registration date and to support innovation in summer programming for future years. This is a pilot year, Bartlett notes. “It’s conceivable that not all summer offerings will be available on Campus Connect immediately, but more will be added throughout the winter.”
Current students will be the primary beneficiaries of the increased course offerings, Bartlett says. “But a broader portfolio of summer classes also will benefit incoming international students, incoming transfer students, students home for the summer from other institutions, and teachers and other professionals with summer flexibility who want certificates, courses or credentials. Adult and continuing education students will also benefit.”
Moving up summer registration will allow students to think sooner about summer course possibilities that could enhance their progress toward a degree, Bartlett says. “Chicago, with all its cultural amenities, is a wonderful place to be in the summer, and that’s an important selling point for students considering taking classes.”