REXBURG, Idaho — Enrollment statistics released for summer semester 2008 at Brigham Young University-Idaho show that the goal of fully implementing the three-semester system is becoming a reality.
According to statistics from the BYU-Idaho Student Records and Registration Office, a total of 11,112 students are enrolled for summer semester 2008. That figure is nearly 22 percent higher than the summer semester 2007 enrollment of 8,705 students. Also, the total number of credit hours being taken by students during summer semester 2008 is 132,117, an increase of almost 21 percent over last summer.
“It’s clear that many more BYU-Idaho students are taking advantage of what summer semester has to offer,” said Kyle Martin, university registrar. “The three-track, three-semester system allows BYU-Idaho to use existing resources to serve a greater number of students, and this summer’s enrollment numbers are proof of that.”
In 2007, BYU-Idaho implemented a revised academic calendar organized into three semesters of 13-14 weeks. Classes were previously offered in two 16-week semesters and two 8-week summer blocks. The change was designed to increase the quality of instruction at BYU-Idaho, while allowing a greater number of students to attend classes during summer semester.
Increasing the quality of the BYU-Idaho experience and serving a greater number of students were two of the imperatives outlined by President Kim B. Clark in his 2005 inaugural response.
“Students are having an outstanding experience during Summer Semester,” said Roy Huff, associate academic vice president for curriculum. “Faculty members teach and are available to assist students throughout the summer. Course offerings have been expanded and improved. Summer is a great time to study at BYU-Idaho.”
Students enrolled for summer semester 2008 come from all 50 states and 54 countries. Almost 40 percent have served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The most populated majors for summer semester 2008 include business management, communication, health science, and teacher education.