Summer is just around the corner, and for a few students, that means working at a summer job, internship, relaxing, going on a vacation, working out for their sport or taking a summer class. Having to worry about school and working on homework during the summer isn’t the most exciting thing to do during break, but a number of students at Hastings College made the decision to do so.
Students take classes over the summer for a number of reasons. Some students need the summer to catch up on their credits after switching majors. Others just want to get a few classes out of the way to save room for others during the year.
“I decided to switch my major after first semester and go for a business administration and exercise science major and a minor in strength and conditioning” said Matti Dabovich, a second year student. “I was going to have to take at least 16 credits every semester to get everything I needed. The summer classes cut back on my fall semesters which are the busiest, and now I’ll almost be ahead, if not at least caught up.”
Deciding what classes will be offered by the college during the summer is determined by the department chairs and individual faculty members. All faculty members have the opportunity to teach a course or two, if they choose. After classes are determined and professors are assigned, the professors design their teaching plan for the summer.
Some classes will be taken online and taught in a manner different from a traditional classroom. Students will complete the assignments at their own pace with deadlines involved to try and keep them on track. Other classes will be offered on campus during the summer and range from four-day classes to one-month classes.
To get more students interested in taking courses over the summer, the college has provided a discount on credit hours for the period. Because of this, it is cheaper to take a class over the summer through the college than during the fall or spring. The pricing was determined by Academic Affairs and the Business Office. They worked together to determine a fair pricing of the courses. Tuition for undergraduate classes have been reduced to $190 per credit hour. Financial Aid is not available for the summer but federal aid still is available.
“Since our pricing was more attractive, it made sense to make use of our online system since we expected larger enrollment. In addition, with more online offerings, we may have students who would like to register who are not here,” said Jim Boeve, the head Registrar.
Registration for summer classes opened April 18 and remains open for students wanting to register for courses. There are two sessions of classes offered with the first taking place May 24 to June 30 and the second July 10 to August 11.