University Governance Council works to reduce intersession costs

Published: April 28, 2016

Staff Writer

University Governance Council is aiming to keep summer and winter intersession tuition rates from rising. It hopes to encourage higher participation in intersession courses.

Chris Kilner, president of Student Government, is one of eight members who discuss institutional policy development. The meetings are opportunities where members from each senate, including the Student Senate and Faculty Senate, are able to discuss improvements they believe will be beneficial to The University with the provost, he said.

“Last fall, over two different meetings, we (The University Governance Council) had discussions on how to increase the retention rate and how many students take classes over the summer and also over intersession,” Kilner said.

The council, through conversation, determined that the cost of credits over winter and summer intersession could be a factor, Kilner said. After comparing the cost of classes at The University relative to surrounding colleges, the council confirmed that a reduction of cost for classes over intersession would be beneficial to The University, he said.

“Reducing the tuition over summer and winter would be a huge incentive. That combined with offering more elective-style classes and maybe offering more basic classes to help people switch majors,” Kilner said.

After the council’s discussion, the issue was no longer their decision, Kilner said. But the council’s work did not go unnoticed. According to an e-mail from The Rev. Dr. Kevin Quinn, S.J., president of The University, the cost of summer courses decreased by more than 26 percent from $738 to $575 for the 2016-2017 academic school-year.

“I think that the main legacy to kind of get out of this is not just the fact that we brought about positive change through the University Governance Council, but I hope it’s more so an example of how much The University really listens to the students,” Kilner said.

Tatiana DeFrance, a first-year-student, is happy that the administration is listening to the needs of students. She is hoping to take a class over intersession during at least one of her years at The University for an easier work load during the school year.

“Cost is almost everything in my decisions about school, so a lower cost for classes during breaks would definitely be beneficial,” DeFrance said.

Student Government still hopes to continue its research into the retention and participation rates for summer and winter intersession courses, Kilner said, by sending out a survey in the future.

“Some ideas are increasing study abroad opportunities over summer and intersession, increasing
the marketing of those courses and then also really working with faculty to develop courses that students would really want to take over summer and winter intersession,” Kilner said.

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