17 enroll in BGSU Sloan Semester courses

Seventeen students are registered for BGSU online courses through the Sloan Semester, a
collaborative national initiative to help college students affected by Hurricane Katrina by providing free distance courses.

An accelerated semester began on Oct. 12. BGSU offered 10 online courses through the program. Seven of the classes received sufficient enrollment and are now under way.

Connie Molnar, director of distance learning, said the Sloan Foundation has urged universities in the consortium to be as flexible as possible to help meet the needs of students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Some, she pointed out, have experienced great trauma during and after the storm and are still dealing with the aftereffects.

The foundation has asked consortium members to continue to provide "as much assistance, support and encouragement as you can while not lessoning the quality, requirements and expectations of the courses you are offering."

Molnar speaks highly of the BGSU faculty who are teaching the courses for students whose education was interrupted by the hurricane. "They are providing quality courses while demonstrating a real concern for the students," the administrator said.

She adds that the students she has been in contact with are thankful for this effort by BGSU. "I am touched by the students taking the courses, as well as by the BGSU faculty and staff who helped in the Sloan Semester project. It has truly been a wonderful effort to be involved in," Molnar said.

October 24, 2005