Wintermester Wins Praise from Students

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Wintermester Wins Praise From Students

Wintermester. One month, one class, full credit.


The first Wintermester at Ferris State University ran from December 17 to January 11. Small Group Decision Making (taught by Lynann Byars), Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (taught by Steve Hundersmarck), Michigan History (taught by Christian Peterson), two sections of Popular Culture (taught by Rachel Foulk), and Introduction to Psychology (taught by Chris Redker) attracted 103 students. The fully online format offered flexibility for both faculty and students and made it possible for the courses to take place during a period of time when the University was closed, yet full and complete online support was available.

In a follow-up survey sent to Wintermester students, 87.5% indicated they had either a good or excellent experience and 77.5% responded that they would take another class during Wintermester in the future. Just as important, several students expressed appreciation for the fact that this type of interim semester helped them either stay on track for graduation or graduate early. Students enjoyed the pace of the courses and requested that more courses be offered in this type of format in the future. The faculty, staff, and students who made this new endeavor possible are to be commended.

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