Catch up on credits: Mid-semester courses help keep students on track for graduating

Mar. 2, 2009 by Andi Murphy NMSU Round Up

The last day to withdraw from classes is March 9, and mini semesters can help pick up the slack, fill the void and keep students above water with their financial aid eligibility.

Mini-semester classes start March 10 and last through May 8. These short, suppressed courses equal those of regular courses in credit hours, said Debra Cardinali, an advising coordinator for the College of Health and Social services.

“All colleges are offering some mini-semester courses,” Cardinali said.

The purpose of the mini-semester courses is to help students who either need to take 12 or more credit hours to keep their scholarships or those who are starting over with a clean slate after dropping a class in which they might not have been doing well.

The College of Health and Social Services is offering nine mini-semester courses and seats are readily available in several popular courses such as Human Sexuality and Woman’s Health. Cardinali said many classes are offered on WebCT.

The College of Arts and Sciences is offering 12 on-campus and 17 online main campus courses and others through branch colleges, said Rebecca Diemer, arts and sciences advising coordinator. Many of them are still open for registration.

Four courses are being offered by the business college, three of which are upper-division, said Nate Whitten, secretary for the business advising center.

In education, a total of 21 mini-semester courses are available for student registration. Ten are graduate courses and 11 are undergraduate courses, said Jeff Hackney, assistant advising coordinator in education. There are also 21 other mini-semester courses being offered at the NMSU branch colleges.

Engineering is also offering eight mini-semester courses that are not at full capacity yet, said Kristy Petersen, associate dean of Engineering. One of the courses is a Viewing a Wider World course.

A full schedule of listed mini-semester courses can be viewed at

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