MSUM revamps summer session
Minnesota State University Moorhead is revamping its summer semester to make it more attractive to students and to bring in more revenue. Jean Sando, associate vice president for academic affairs, said MSUM will offer a wider variety of classes t...
Minnesota State University Moorhead is revamping its summer semester to make it more attractive to students and to bring in more revenue.
Jean Sando, associate vice president for academic affairs, said MSUM will offer a wider variety of classes this year and different schedule options.
Instead of two four-week sessions, MSUM will have schedules ranging from intense three-week sessions to some that last for eight weeks.
Some students want to get done in three weeks, while other classes, such as science labs, are more difficult to complete in a shorter time, Sando said.
MSUM also has changed the way fees are charged, so it will be more affordable for students who want to take one class.
"We wanted to make it more attractive for students, and we wanted to make it more attractive to the community," Sando said.
Part of what's driving these changes is to help alleviate MSUM's budget deficit by generating more tuition revenue.
Another goal is to help speed up the time to graduation by giving students more options.
If students need one or two classes to graduate, they may be able to take them in the summer rather than coming back for another semester, which typically adds another $5,000 to a student's debt, Sando said.
Summer classes start May 18 and run through July 24.
Registration begins Monday. More information is available at www.mnstate.edu .
Concordia College has announced changes to its administrative structure that take effect July 1.
Mark Krejci will become provost and dean of the college. Krejci is now vice president for academic affairs and dean.
The new arrangement will allow for a direct connection between academic affairs and student affairs and the expansion of Concordia's student advisement program.
As part of the restructuring, Krejci selected James Aageson to serve as dean of arts and sciences. Aageson is a religion professor, and chairman of the arts and humanities division.
In his new role, Aageson will oversee all academic departments except business, which is directed by Dean Greg Cant.
Enrollment at Minnesota State Community and Technical College increased 7.2 percent this spring over last year.
The college, with campuses in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Wadena, reported 5,883 students over last year's head count of 5,488.
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