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Summer Classes At The Jersey Shore Would Be Popular, Rutgers Student Survey Shows

Head shot of a woman with sign that says, study at the shore this summer!

University will offer 17 courses on its first Jersey Shore menu

            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Summer Session, with more than 2,200 course sections, already one of the nation’s largest summer programs, is adding a new component with 17 courses at the Jersey Shore.

            The decision to establish “RU at the Shore” for 2015 was made following a survey of more than 4,500 undergraduates here, with 1,200 students – nearly 27 percent – indicating they would spend time along the 130-mile coastline and would be interested in taking classes for credit. Summer Session offers extensive internship and research/travel opportunities in addition to undergraduate and graduate courses in 250 fields.

            “Our research showed that many students favor morning class meetings, counter to the old stereotype of college students as late sleepers who spend the summer only at leisure,” said Elizabeth Beasley, director of Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session, which is part of DoCS. “The fact is that many motivated undergraduates use the summer months to fulfill core or major and minor requirements, build their resume, and work toward their Rutgers degree.”

            Beasley said that 60 percent of respondents prefer a “hybrid” course that combines face-to-face and online instruction, while 23 percent favor an in-class format and 16 percent would rather take totally online offerings. Their most popular choices were classes in biological sciences, psychology, accounting, environmental science, math, marketing, marine sciences and English.

            “Based on these findings, we are launching 17 undergraduate courses along the Jersey Shore in Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May and Point Pleasant Beach,” she said. Most are four-week hybrid courses, meeting once a week June 22-July 17. One course, “Drawing on Nature,” is a one-week intensive offering June 22-26 on the beach at Avalon.

            Also new for 2015, Summer Session will offer two- and three-week programs for both American and visiting students from China and Turkey. Topics will include the United Nations,

environmental politics, and conflict resolution in world politics.

            New Brunswick Summer Session will again hold its Summer Scholars program for high school students interested in getting a jump on their college credits both on campus and at the shore, as well as the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for high school teachers that is endorsed by the College Board. The institute prepares instructors to teach advanced placement courses to update teachers’ content knowledge, provide engaging and interactive instructional techniques, and improve their students’ AP scores.

            Information on Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Summer Session is available at

            The Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session is part of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, which focuses on lifelong learning needs and opportunities. Serving all Rutgers campuses, the division offers hundreds of credit and noncredit programs, with thousands of participants from youth to retirees. DoCS also provides educational support services combining pedagogy and technology, including instructional design and course management systems for online, face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

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