Feb 23, 2010

Summer School information

by Abby Armbruster

While students reach the middle of the semester, some students may be seeking to get ahead in their studies while others seek to catch up. Whatever the case, summer school registration is available to help students get on track, regardless of what year Liberty University students will be entering.

Resident classes are currently available, with 185 classes offered for undergraduates over the three sessions throughout the summer.

“All the schools are offering courses, except for aviation,” Director of Liberty Summer School Kenny Rowlette said.

This year, summer school will hold three sessions and function through a 4-4-3 schedule according to Rowlette, with the sessions being held for four weeks, four weeks and three weeks, respectively. Within the four-week sessions, classes will be held four days a week with one day off for homework or research, according to Rowlette.

The first session will run from May 17 to June 11, session two lasts from June 14 to July 9, and session three will run from July 12 to July 30.

Classes will cost $295 per credit hour.

Liberty professor Carolyn Towles said she likes the atmosphere of summer school.

“It’s labor-intensive for my students and for me,” Towles said.
Towles will be teaching English 350 Advanced Expository Writing and English 101 Composition and Rhetoric. Most of the English 350 courses fill up quickly, according to Towles, with 20 students per class. For English 101, the classes usually hold 10 to 15 students each.

“I think it’s a good way for students to get a jump start, or a way to get on track,” Towles said.

In English 350, Towles said it is usually easier for students to concentrate on just the one class instead of taking the class during the normal fall or spring semester.

Junior Kristen Corlew plans to take summer courses in her education major to graduate on time. While she has heard good things about the program from former summer school students, she cannot wait to experience it for herself.

“I'm interested to see how summer school works since I haven't ever gone. I'm curious as to how the curriculum is going to play out since it is only a month,” Corlew said.

On average, students now stay in college for five years instead of the traditional four, according to Rowlette. In order to make the time at college shorter and cheaper, Rowlette suggests the summer school courses.

In addition to getting back on track, Rowlette said students can save money, attend smaller classes and experience a laid-back atmosphere. He also suggested that students could stay in Lynchburg to work and take courses. Rowlette hopes to partner with local businesses to provide jobs for students over the summer.

“With the economy being the way it is, people need to plan where they are in their courses of study,” Rowlette said.

Students can register online currently, with a cut-off date to be determined. Students can also register in person through the Registrar’s office, but Rowlette suggests online registry is simpler and more organized.

Last summer, more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students participated in summer school, while 1,569 hours were completed, according to Rowlette.

On-campus housing will be available for $15 per night, and meal plans will be announced later in the semester.

For more information, visit liberty.edu/academics. Applications for registration are available on the Web site along with the course listing for all three sessions.

Contact Abby Armbruster at
aarmbruster@liberty.edu.
 


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