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Winter Term enrollment tops 2,300

WKU Winter Term is in its sixth year, allowing students to take up to four credit hours between the fall and spring semesters. Winter Term 2011 began Monday (Jan. 3) and runs through Jan. 21, providing students with more than 260 class choices. Courses range from general education to graduate level classes.

More than 2,300 students enrolled in Winter Term courses, and graduate student participation is up 7 percent over 2010, with 465 enrollees including 30 doctoral students. Courses are available through the WKU Bowling Green campuses and the Owensboro and the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox regional campuses. Online, Study Away and Study Abroad courses are also offered.

According to Alicia Bingham, summer/winter specialist, online courses are extremely popular, making up more than 50 percent of the total enrollments. “Students like the convenience of online classes, and we offer a lot of choices,” Bingham said. “Many students are also taking advantage of Study Away or Study Abroad opportunities. These courses give students an exciting, real-world experience during winter break.”

Twenty-four students are enrolled in one of the two Study Away courses offered this year: Floral Design in California and Urban and Regional Economics along the west coast. Study Abroad has 114 students studying all over the world, including Belize, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Kenya, Spain, Nicaragua and Italy.

Each year, Winter Term hosts a networking lunch to allow faculty and students to spend time together outside the classroom. The 2011 networking lunch is 11 am. To 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at Fresh Food Company in the Downing University Center. All students and faculty taking or teaching a Winter Term course are invited. WKU ID cards are required.

WKU Winter Term was created to help maximize opportunities for students who want to make faster progress toward graduation, fulfill prerequisites for other courses or get in to a popular course that frequently fills early.

Contact: Alicia Bingham, (270) 745-2478.

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