New Opportunities for Winter Studies

Today we sent an announcement to the campus community about new offerings for early January.

We are introducing Winter at Wesleyan – academic offerings and Career Center programs designed to provide students with immersion-style classes and a variety of opportunities to help with life after Wesleyan.

The faculty has approved Winter at Wesleyan, which will run for two weeks beginning January 8. We will be offering four Winter Session classes for full credit at a cost of $2,900 per course, and students may live in residence halls at no additional cost. An optional meal plan is available. These classes will be small, allowing for close interaction with faculty, and registration is now open. Limited financial aid will be available to students receiving aid during the academic year.

This is a small pilot program, and the faculty discussed at length the pros and cons of intensive courses of this kind. After thoughtful deliberation, they decided that we ought to proceed with this experiment to determine how effectively these kinds of classes complement the courses offered during the semester.

Winter on Wyllys includes a variety of career-related initiatives. For the first time, the Fullbridge Program will run its “internship edge” intensive at Wesleyan, which provides intensive training in business fundamentals. In addition, Career Center staff will be presenting two concurrent, week-long intensive programs: CareerLab for those preparing to enter the job market, and Choosing Good Work for those students trying to make sense of their options and personal goals. The Career Center also will offer their WEShadow externship program, as well as an alumni guest speakers series. For more information, please contact the Career Center.

I’m pleased to see the beginning of 2014 bringing to Wesleyan students new options and opportunities.