UW-Madison hopes that new course offerings will bring more students — its own and others from different colleges — into the fold this summer, boosting enrollment at a time when it typically dips significantly.
“We want to broaden and enrich the UW experience for our students, many of whom want to finish their degrees faster or dive deeper into a particular subject,” said Jeffrey Russell, vice provost of lifelong learning and dean of continuing studies, in a release. “At the same time, we hope to welcome more students from other colleges.”
Last year, about 12,000 students enrolled in the summer. UW officials hope to grow that number to 20,000 in the next decade. The university expanded its summer online courses to more than 100 this year and is reaching out to prospective students and their parents with flyers in the mail and online.
“Nothing complements a textbook better than a bowl of Babcock ice cream on the Terrace,” the university said in an online “Top 10” list of reasons to take summer courses.
The university has emphasized adding some general-education courses that can be difficult to get into during the traditional school year because of enrollment logjams. Engineering faculty added courses in introductory statics, dynamics and mechanics of materials.
Officials have said the summer ramp-up likely won’t dramatically change the campus culture since most students would live off-campus anyway and many classes would be online. But they acknowledge the shift will require some adjustments logistically and philosophically for students and faculty.
“Part of this is starting to think what it may mean to have a 12-month calendar because a lot of our thinking now is around a nine-month calendar,” Russell told the State Journal in 2012, when the university was starting to make plans for summer course expansion.
For more information, visit summer.wisc.edu.
Badger accountants rock CPA exam
When it comes to accounting, UW-Madison graduates should be cutting down nets. Of the the 94,000 people who took the CPA exam last year, just 55 scored well enough on all sections to qualify for the Sells award, a top national prize. Six of them were UW-Madison grads, most in the nation.
Sells award winners from UW-Madison were Nathan Chivers, Patrick Ditter, Michael Finkel, Daniel Rubin, Gregory Simbro and Matthew Zimdars.