Attracts A Diverse Student Body
In two short years,
UNC Pembroke's summer school enrollment has seen a dramatic 38 percent
increase, but school officials aren't ready to stop there.
progress," said Chancellor Allen Meadors. "We should see literally
hundreds of incoming freshmen taking classes in the summer months and
not necessarily just those coming to UNCP."
Not only has summer
enrollment soared (2,590 in both sessions), but the diversity of the
student body has taken an exciting turn.
Puleo is an environmental science and public policy major from Harvard
University. He is currently taking both sessions of organic chemistry
and general chemistry at UNCP's summer school.
having UNCP in my backyard," Puleo said. "I believe that the
level of teaching is outstanding at Pembroke and that there is a tremendous
amount of opportunity to receive just as good of an education, if not
better than any other university."
Puleo returns home
to Pinehurst every summer and takes classes at UNCP that will transfer
to Harvard. He said his sister took summer classes at UNCP, and she
had no problem having the credits transfer to Emory University.
"I think the
course material is pretty similar, and it's keeping me on my toes,"
he said. "All that matters is how much work you're willing to put
He said a small
community atmosphere and the low student-teacher ratio are among the
school's commendable attributes.
With a 33 percent
leap in general enrollment over the past two years, there has been a
natural increase in students attending summer school, said Chancellor
Meadors. He also credits the relaxed living environment of the new Courtyard
Apartments, more course offerings and increased awareness of the school.
have to get folks thinking about the advantages of summer school,"
he said. "We need to encourage our returning students to attend
summer school and to get back on course to graduate in four years if
they have gotten behind."
Sophomore Chib Thao
is taking biology and religion during the summer to complete a few general
education requirements. "I came to get them over with and just
to get ahead," she said. "It makes my course load lighter
during the year."
Junior Mary Beth
Brayboy has been to UNCP's summer school before, taking physical science,
literature, and physical education classes.
"I liked it
because it was only for five weeks as opposed to a whole semester,"
she said. "But it was every day, and it was crammed."
Caleb Taylor came to UNCP from Central Carolina Community College in
January. The theatre and business management major is taking both summer
sessions and plans to do so throughout his college career.
"I am doing
it so I can graduate early, plus I have two majors, and I will be an
exchange student in the fall," Taylor said. "It's also cheaper
for me to go to summer school than it is for me to work and pay for
an apartment," he said.
sophomore Joshua McIntyre is taking an Old Testament summer class at
UNCP to help finish his minor in religion. There are 20-25 people in
his class here, as opposed to an estimated 400 at Chapel Hill.
at UNCP works out well for me. I have class in the morning and intern
at a law firm in the afternoon," McIntyre said.
The son of U.S.
Representative Mike McIntyre, he will pass up the second session to
intern with U.S. Sen. John Edwards in Washington D.C.
William Gash, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and summer
school director, said he is pleased with the increasing enrollment.
"We did more
marketing this year than in previous years," Dr. Gash said. "You
can never be certain why summer enrollment is trending upward, but we
are working harder and that never hurts."
and newspaper ads have been bolstered by direct mail and an e-mail campaign
to UNCP's full-time students, Dr. Gash said.
"We have also
added a special session for teachers seeking certification, and we have
become more flexible in the times we offer courses," Dr. Gash said.
"We have courses that begin at 6:20 a.m."
Dr. Gash said the
economy may have some effect on summer enrollment and rising full-time
enrollment may be a factor.
"I am optimistic
that we can build on these gains in future years," he said.
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