April 27, 2004

SIUC guarantees availability of summer classes

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale students no longer need to worry about whether some of their required core curriculum classes will be available this summer.

With "Summer Semester Security," the University is pledging that 38 classes are "locked down" for intersession and summer session.

This is a first for the University, said Robert A. Jensen, interim associate provost. SIUC typically makes these classes available for summer school, but the guaranteed availability responds to concerns expressed by some students, he said.

"It is an attempt to increase the attractiveness of our summer programs and make them a little bit distinctive from those being offered at other universities," he said. "It is also an effort to be of service to the students."

Guaranteed classes range from "History of African American Art" to "Women and Men in Contemporary Society" and "Film History and Analysis." Also guaranteed are classes in economics, English, engineering, geology, health education, history, math, mass communication and media, arts, music, physical education, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, speech communication, theater and zoology.

Jensen also emphasized that the absence of a class from the list does not mean it is in danger of cancellation.

Registration is now open for the eight-week summer school session that begins Monday, June 14, as well as for three-week intersessions that begin Monday, May 17, and Monday, July 12.

Becoming the best student-responsive public research university in the state is among the goals of Southern@150, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

For a complete list of guaranteed classes, go to http://www.registrar.siu.edu/records/su04infosched.htm and click on the section, Guaranteed "Summer Security" classes.