Mar 2, 2010

Summer School a time to catch up and get ahead

by Abby Armbruster

When students reach the middle of the semester, they may seek to get ahead in their studies while others look to catch up. Whatever the case, summer school registration is available to help students get on track.

Resident classes are available, with 185 courses 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.

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

Classes are $295 per credit hour.

Liberty professor Carolyn Towles will be teaching English 350: Advanced Expository Writing and English 101: Composition and Rhetoric.

“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.

English professor Jim Nutter said he encourages students to register for summer school
“I took summer school courses in both college and graduate school, and I really recommend using that time wisely over the summer,” Nutter said. “You can concentrate and focus on that one course you have been putting off, or you can use the summer to raise your GPA, or just get ahead in your studies.”

Nutter will be teaching English 201 (American Literature I) in session two.

“I love teaching American literature, and this gives me the opportunity in mid-summer to do what I love most,” Nutter said.
Junior Kristen Corlew plans to take summer courses in her of education major to graduate on time.

“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 could save money, attend smaller classes and experience a laid-back atmosphere. Rowlette hopes to partner with local businesses to provide jobs for students over the summer.

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

Students can register online now or in person through the Registrar’s office, but online registry is simpler and more organized according to Rowlette.

Last summer, over 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students participated in summer school, 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 Applications for registration are available on the Web site with the course listing for all three sessions.

Contact Abby Armbruster at

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