Winter proves popular class time at SUNY Oswego

Only eight classes met on SUNY Oswego’s main campus and its Metro Center in Syracuse during January, but the college’s WinterSession enrollment was up 21 percent over last year. The explanation: 28 online classes.

With total enrollment of 802 students, “it was a banner year for WinterSession,” said Tom Ingram, director of academic programs for the college’s Division of Extended Learning. The 2011 enrollment for winter was 11 percent above the previous best year in 2009.

“The demand for courses during WinterSession has always been there,” Ingram said, “but since moving the majority of our courses to an online format, it’s easier for people to be able to go home to spend time with their family but also take a course.”

Students in the six Oswego classes and two Metro Center classes had a lot of face time with their instructors because classes were small as well as intense. By far the largest of those classes was “Plants and Society” in biology with 22 students.

In contrast, the most popular winter classes online—“Earth’s Fury,” a geology course, and “Corporate Finance,” for example—exceeded 70 students each.

Ingram said students subject themselves to WinterSession’s intensive three-credit courses packed into three weeks between semesters for a variety of reasons. “They are often anxious to earn the credits to either get ahead in order to lighten the load during the semester or even graduate early, while other people use the time to catch up on a course they may be missing,” he said.

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(Posted: Feb 03, 2011)

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