Is your student willing to spend some summer time studying? Heather Jackson, university registrar, said students have varied reasons for taking classes in the summer.
“We do have current students who want to get ahead, but we also have some students who want to retake some things they didn’t do well in,” Jackson explained.
She said approximately 185 students took classes at SBU last summer.
Jackson said many students choose to take summer courses at SBU so their grade will be factored into their cumulative GPA.
“The most popular reasons (for taking summer classes) … that I’ve heard from students is number one, they get the grade,” Jackson explained. “So, if they take a course here and they get an A through F, that will show up on their transcript and it will be factored into their GPA.”
In contrast, Jackson said, only the credits will transfer back for students who take summer classes at a different school.
“If (students) go to a different school … if they get a C or better, (the credit) will transfer back here, but we don’t accept the grade,” she said.
Jackson said students now have the opportunity to take classes online. That feature, new last year, proved “very successful,” she added.
Online courses “allow students to go home to Connecticut, New York, California — wherever they live — and still take a course through St. Bonaventure and get that grade,” Jackson said.
Senior Sara Pancio, an education major, took Literature and Art (Clare 109) online. She said it was a good opportunity for her to get a class out of the way before her last year.
“I took the class because I had to in order to graduate,” she explained. “Senior year is very hectic for (education majors) so taking it online was my only option. “
Pancio said she has taken online classes before. This one, she added, ran very smoothly.
“The directions were clear and easy to follow,” she said. “It didn't take much time a day so it was convenient to take.”
Junior Nicole Saleh took World Views (Clare 108) online last summer. While it was helpful, she said the class was not as easy as she thought it would be.
“Taking a class online is not what you think,” she said. “It’s really structured and it’s just like being at a class except you’re on your computer.”
The summer program is broken up into two sessions — summer one and summer two. The summer one session runs from May 14 until June 14. The summer two session runs from June 25 until July 26.
Jackson said last summer, St. Bonaventure offered a total of 34 undergraduate classes during the summer one and summer two sessions. Of those, eight were online – six during the first session and two during the second.
“We had a mix last year,” Jackson said. The online classes included some Clare College offerings, plus business, history, journalism and political science classes.
Junior Curtis Middlebrooks said he took three courses — Inquiry into the Natural World, The Good Life and Literature and Art — to get some of his credits out of the way. Middlebrooks said he took two of the classes online because he worked over the summer as well.
“I thought that the summer program was good,” he said. “I enjoyed getting some classes out of the way and it not taking a full semester.”
This summer, Jackson said, 10 of the university's 41 undergraduate summer courses will be online offerings. Nine of those are offered during the first session and one during the second.
“We have a nice mix again,” Jackson said. “We have some Clares, some business, a journalism, a math and a history.”
Students also have the opportunity to register online for their desired online summer classes. Jackson said interested students can go on my.sbu.edu and register themselves. She said students simply have to select summer one or summer two, and then select the course, exactly as they would for regular semester courses.
Summer classes generally meet every Monday through Thursday for two hours each day, with no classes on Friday.
The classes are also less expensive than they are during the school year. Jackson said tuition for summer 2007 undergraduate courses is $350 per credit hour.
For more information about the summer course program, visit www.sbu.edu or contact the Registrar’s Office at (716) 375-2020.
Of course, if a student wishes to take a class at a college or university back home, that is an option. It does, however, require some advance planning.
If a student wishes to take summer classes away from SBU, she must obtain a Transfer of Credit Permission form from the Registrar’s Office. The student must present the form and the course descriptions to the SBU appropriate department chair for her approval (i.e. if you wish to take a History course, you must receive permission from the SBU History department chair). If there is no exact equivalent, the course may be accepted as an elective. The form must then be returned to the Registrar’s Office.
In order to receive transfer credit, students must earn a grade of “C” or better. Students must have an official transcript sent to the SBU Registrar upon completion of the course.
To obtain a Transfer of Credit Permission form, students should visit the Registrar’s Office in Doyle Hall or call (716) 375-2020.
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