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Aug. 28, 2002
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's summer sessions continue to be a hot ticket, with the latest edition boasting the highest enrollment ever.
"This was a tremendously successful year," said Tom Ingram, who directs the summer session. "We experienced an enrollment increase of approximately 13 percent. That's on top of an 8 percent increase last year."
In addition to the more than 250 college courses offered during the four summer sessions, Ingram pointed to success stories in some of the special programs offered.
"The art and theatre institutes, offered for area high school students, were filled to capacity," he said. The geology field camp, the only one if its kind in the Adirondacks, had a banner year, and one-week workshops for high-school teachers attracted great demand, he added.
The popularity of special programs has led to discussions on expanding the college's summer offerings in the future, he said.
Ingram attributes the best-ever turnout to both the college's increases in academic year enrollment and emphasis on learner-centered studies. "We continue to offer a student-driven schedule," he explained. "What we're really trying to do is offer courses that we feel they want and need."
Yvonne Petrella, director of continuing education, added that nontraditional students have found the summer schedule friendly to their busy lives. "They like the three-week time schedule," she said.
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