LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University has expanded its summer course
options in a bid to boost summer enrollment and assess the viability of
its plans to someday switch to a year-round academic calendar.
increased its summer courses about 30 percent in the past year — a expects
its beefed-up summer course offerings to increase the number of credit
hours completed by undergraduate students by about 10 percent, compared
with last summer.
see the busy class calendar as a key step to eventually increasing the
school's annual revenue by replacing its traditional fall and spring terms
with a balanced trimester schedule running year-round. That plan could
bring in an estimated $40 million annually.
officials are still a long way from implementing the year-round calendar
proposal they announced in late 2011. And before Purdue can shift to a
trimester calendar, administrators say the school must first make better
use of the summer term.
6,600 undergraduate students completed 33,830 credit hours last summer at
the West Lafayette campus. Final enrollment figures for this summer won't
be available until August.
trimester strategy would allow students to graduate faster and mitigate
the uncertainties of future state and federal revenues, said Frank Dooley,
associate vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs.
"By beefing up
what we're doing in the summer, we're giving students more opportunities,"
the Journal & Courier there are still barriers to Purdue implementing its
trimester plan, including the rigidity of some financial aid plans. He
said the key for this year is informing students about their ability to
take more core classes and others critical for program completion.
such as incoming senior Jordan Hunt, that's more important than a busy
"I needed to
graduate on time," he said.
University has also been trying to increase its summer enrollment with a
25 percent tuition discount for its summer semester classes. But after two
years that discount still hasn't boosted enrollment at the Bloomington
students have enrolled for summer classes this year, about the same as
2012 when summer enrollment rose by about 1 percent in the discount's