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Purdue considers offering classes during winter break

Purdue University is considering offering a pilot winter session. The online courses would be offered during the university's 3-week winter break.

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 10:31 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 9:08 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University is considering offering a pilot winter session. The online courses would be offered during the university's 3-week winter break.

The winter pilot session is ultimately up to Purdue's Senate to decide on whether it's a go. If senate members vote yes, the administration will start putting the program together. The senate will vote on it at the next meeting in the fall.

Some faculty members were in favor of the online session during the meeting Monday, but others either had a lot of questions or debated it.

We're told because it is a pilot program, it would only last three years. Then the university would have to vote on it once again for it to continue.

Some professors and faculty members would be expected to work during the break. Student services, such as CAPS and ITAP, would also have to be staffed during that time.

"The idea was to have compensation analogous to what we have in summer sessions, basically on a basis looking for volunteers," said Education Policy Committee Chair Ralph Kaufmann. "As for staff, I don't know personally how this works, I just know it from a faculty perspective."

In addition, to pay, there would be some incentives to those who would work during the break.

The Education Policy Committee is behind the proposal. Kaufmann said the session would be beneficial to some international students and working students who typically don't leave over break.

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