March 6, 2012
Summer courses offer opportunities to speed up progress, take classes that appeal to interests
Northwest Missouri State University students who want to speed up their time to graduation, increase their total credit hours earned to fulfill financial aid benefits or enhance scholarship eligibility, take a course for personal enrichment or earn certification in a specific area may want to consider registering for the Summer 2012 trimester.
Northwest’s first summer session begins Monday, May 7. Preregistration for current students begins Monday, March 12, and ends Friday, April 13, and is based on a student’s total earned credit hours.
Courses listed in the online Summer Course Offerings are guaranteed and will not be canceled because of low enrollments. Northwest’s “summer guarantee” allows students to plan their academic schedule and arrange summer activities to complement their course loads, without concerns that a course could be canceled because of insufficient interest by other students.
Dillon Martin, a Northwest senior who is working toward his bachelor of science in public relations, realized those advantages firsthand.
As a non-traditional student who enrolled in Northwest after completing his military deployment, he wanted to speed up his progression toward a degree. Taking summer classes allowed him to maintain a full course load between his fall and spring trimesters at Northwest.
“The schedule and course offerings were beneficial because professors were able to make their class times more flexible and there were fewer students in some of the tougher classes,” Martin said. “This allowed more one-on-one time with the professors, which helped me better grasp some of the harder material.”
Dr. Nancy Zeliff, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CS/IS), teaches online courses at the graduate level during Northwest’s summer trimester.
“Because courses are offered in the more common four or eight-week lengths, students benefit from concentrated study and work,” Zeliff said. “Most summer classes in the CS/IS department are taught online. This creates an added benefit in that students can take summer classes while away from Maryville, either working or participating in an internship.”
How to enroll:
Current students may enroll by using CatPAWS.
New and returning students interested in enrolling in summer courses must first apply for admission to Northwest. Go to CatPAWS to fill out the online application, click on the “First time user account creation” link at the bottom of the page, create a username and password, and complete the application. Upon acceptance to Northwest, students will be provided with more information about how and when to register for classes.
2012 Northwest summer session schedule (Note some courses may start earlier than the official start date of the session. Check specific start dates when registering for classes.)
- Session 1 – May 7 – June 4
- Session 2 – June 6 – July 3
- Session 3 – July 9 – Aug. 3
- Session 4 – Aug. 6 – 17
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