IBJNews

Purdue seeing jump in summer school enrollment

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Purdue University's early figures are showing a sizeable jump in enrollment for summer classes.

Summer semester enrollment is running about 11 percent ahead of last year, including a 16 percent jump among undergraduate students, according to Purdue officials.

The boost follows changes to make more summer classes available to students and a "Think Summer" marketing campaign, the Journal & Courier reported.

"The numbers seem to be trending in the right direction," said Frank Dooley, associate vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. "We're feeling pretty good. Up until about two years ago, we were somewhat ambivalent about summer. We have focused a lot of attention on it."

Purdue has historically struggled to attract students to take summer classes because the most needed courses often weren't being offered, Dooley said. Purdue made a three-year commitment to teach 250 courses over the summer that officials identified as being in high demand.

"The message is the same: If you're an undergraduate and you have a job or internship, you should take it," Dooley said. "If that isn't true for you, then what you need to do is ask yourself, 'How am I using my time?'"

Purdue officials first announced in 2011 a proposal for implementing the year-round trimester, but have said the school must first make better use of the summer term. About 12,600 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the West Lafayette campus last summer, up slightly from about 12,000 in summer 2012.

Indiana University has also been looking to boost summer semester enrollment to make better year-round use of its facilities, but with mixed success.

IU officials this year decided to stop offering a 25-percent discount on summer tuition at its Bloomington campus, saying it had done little to attract more students. That discount program is continuing at IU's six regional campuses, where some have seen double-digit increases in summer enrollment.

Purdue's effort includes making $1.5 million more in financial aid available for summer school and beginning to offer residence hall contracts that allow students not to have to move for the summer.

Dooley said Purdue administrators have promised departments that the selected courses will continue even if their enrollments are low to start.

"We were very intentional about the courses we chose to support for the summer," Dooley said. "I'd say it's the classic case of the chicken and the egg. The departments would say, 'We can't offer the course because no one will take it,' and students would say, 'I'm not coming to summer school because you're not offering the course.' We thought this is one of the ways to break that deadlock."

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

ADVERTISEMENT