As Boise State faculty and staff prepare for the rush of student bodies streaming back to campus when classes start on Aug. 24, it’s appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the university’s most productive academic summer in history:
This summer, Boise State expanded class offerings by 43 classes, including both in-person and online classes. In response, credits earned by students this summer were up by more than 10 percent.
In all, 9,038 students participated in summer classes. That represents an 8.1 percent (680 student) increase from last summer. Boise State saw growth in enrollments in both in-person and online classes, although online saw the largest growth. Online classes made up 41 percent of all summer 2015 credits, versus 37 percent of summer credits in 2014.
“We are hoping to grow our online summer offerings even more for next year to give additional opportunities to our students who don’t stay in Boise over the summer, or due to work and family, travel, etc. need extra flexibility,” said Regina Jenkins, director of summer sessions and intersession.
The growth was a result of smart planning on behalf of Jenkins and her team. Due to academic calendar changes, the summer expanse was increased from 14 weeks to 15 weeks. This allowed the university to offer two 7-week sessions that didn’t overlap (previously, the university offered two 8-week sessions that did overlap). Summer class meeting times also were rearranged to reduce overlap and better spread classes out through the day for added flexibility.
“These changes are helping to reduce class conflicts for students and allow more opportunities for students to complete course sequences over the summer and for timely graduation,” Jenkins said.