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Memo to Undergraduate Students: Summer Online in the College

Thursday, April 9, 2020

You may have heard by now that all summer classes at KU will be online. If you’ve never taken a true online class before, I want to make sure you know that summer classes in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are different from the remote learning we had to assemble quickly for the spring semester. The College has more than 10 years’ experience in offering fully developed online courses, including those available for summer enrollment.

To be clear, summer online courses are:

  • Built over the course of several months, not in a few weeks like your instructors had to do this semester.
  • Intentionally built to be taught in an online environment and to effectively use technology to promote your learning.
  • Taught in most cases by instructors who have experience over the course of several semesters in teaching online.

If you’ve never enrolled in summer classes, perhaps you’re wondering why you should start this year. Summer classes give you the opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or just stay in study mode. And because they’re online, you can take these courses from anywhere and at the same time as other obligations.

I encourage you to learn more about taking classes online in the summer. We’ve pulled together a guide for you at college.ku.edu/summer.

You can also talk with your advisor about how summer classes will help you stay on track – or get back on track – for graduation. Appointments can be scheduled online at collegeadvising.ku.edu/schedule-appointment.


John Colombo, PhD
Interim Dean
Director, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
Professor of Psychology