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Barton, Albert (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 5, Number 1 (Oct. 1903)

Sharp, Frank Chapman
Summer session of 1903,   pp. 4-7


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Wiscoeis Alumni Magazine.
            SUMXER SESSION or 1903.
  With the close of its, work in August, the summer session of
the C0llege of Letters and Science finished the first half decade
of its history. Short as this period is, it has seen the summer
session pass out of the experimental stage,, so that now it may be
looked upon as a permanent element in the life of the university.
The primary reason for this is that it has been fmmd to supply
important demands on the part of certain classes in the com-
munity. Among these are teachers who may need a more coM-
plate. wcuaintawe with the subjects they are teaching. There
a     c sendly undergrduates with deficiencies to be -miade up.
Still another group is formed by undergraduates. who find it
necessary to, complete their course in three years. This they can
now dos if their standingis over 85 per cent., by taking eighteen
hours of work throughout the academic year, and by attending
two summer sessios., Finally-to bring this far from complete
enumeration to a close-a most important group is that of the
graduate students. They cannot afford to spend three months
of the year in idleness, and yet ordinarily they cannot work to
the best advantage without laboratories and personal instruction.
Besides performing these important services, the summer session
has proved to be of material value to the University itself by
broadening the sphere of its influence. In a number of cases it
has attracted graduate students who have remained through the
year. It has led high school teachers who have come here from
other states to recommend the University to their students.
Furthermore, it has given to the teachers of Wisconsin who are
not graduates of the University an opportunity to become
acquainted at first hand with its resources, its methods, its in-
fluence and its ideals.
   The experience of the past five years has not merely demon-
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