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New classes added to fall schedule

Posted on June 11, 2013 | in News | by

Certain sections of existing courses cut due to low enrollment

The science and art departments are each adding a new course to their curricula. However, they are among many departments, including social science, science, and art, that have reported a decrease in the number of course sections offered since Fall 2012.

Among the additions coming to Lane’s curriculum are a physics lab class and a video production class.

Health and Physical Education Dean Chris Hawken said the school is seeing fewer course sections offered because enrollment increased a few years ago, due to the economy, and it is now leveling out.

“One of the main reasons for the spike is that when people lose jobs, they go back to school,” Hawken said. “But then when jobs open up, they go back to work.”

Hawken condensed two summer sections of basketball into one, due to low enrollment, and is unsure if more will be cancelled.

“I’m looking at about three summer school classes that are low-enrolled,” Hawken said.

He said sections of basketball and human sexuality are in danger of being cancelled.

“This summer’s going to be really interesting to see where we fall — it really has no relation on the fall term at all,” Hawken said.

Art and Applied Design Administrator Mary Jo Kreindel said the art department will see a reduction in course sections offered due to the 9 percent enrollment decrease the school saw last year. In fall, the art department is introducing a video production class to be taught by Media Arts Faculty Coordinator Jeff Goolsby.

Kreindel said the art department is developing a Digital Imaging certificate to be available in 2015, which will bring new class offerings with it.

Kreindel said for the third year the art department will offer a fall-exclusive class, a learning community called Creating Success in the Studio and Beyond, which helps students “explore common barriers to success and increase self-management skills as they apply to your life as a student and artist and beyond.”

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