An extraordinary increase in the number of online courses highlights the upcoming Summer Session at SUNY Canton. Registration for courses begins this Monday, April 16.
Fifty-five online courses are being offered through SUNY Canton Online, also known as SUNY Canton OL, and 27 courses are available in classrooms on campus. Additionally, the college will be offering a Pain Management course at its Dental Hygiene facility in Rome, N.Y.
A record number of almost 500 students participated in last year’s Summer Session. SUNY Canton officials anticipate that number will be topped again this year.
“We’re simply responding to the incredible demand for our online courses,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “We’ve increased the number of online summer offerings from 20 in 2005, and 30 last year, to 55 this summer. We had record highs in enrollment last summer and this past Winterterm, and we anticipate another new high this summer.”
Last summer, SUNY Canton offered a total of 42 summer courses. This year, that total has nearly doubled to 83, according to Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services. She added that approximately 75 percent of last summer’s students were enrolled in online courses.
“The flexibility, convenience, and accessibility of our online courses continue to attract large numbers of students,” Graveline said. “It really represents our belief that the SUNY Canton Online brand is very popular and synonymous with quality in distance learning.”
Courses being offered for the first time this summer include: Spanish I and II, Structural Mechanics, Passive Solar Building, Early Childhood’s Issues and Policies in Early Care and Education, and a number of first time special topic courses in Humanities and Criminal Justice. A course expected to generate local interest is Adirondacks: Life and Literature.
There are also a series of workshops offered as professional development and training opportunities for early care and education providers, teachers, staff, and students.
Graveline added that last summer and this winter both saw a significant increase in the number of non-SUNY Canton or non-matriculated students.
“The online environment eliminates distance constraints,” said Graveline. “Students can take SUNY Canton courses without interfering with jobs, vacations, or other summer plans.”
Information on Summer Session can be found at www.canton.edu.